Part of my collection of precious bits of vintage textiles I have gathered over time. This one, being very very heavily ornamented (and I mean heavily, this is a very weighty piece for being only 20cm x 25cm, I can only imagine the full weight of a bodice or vest, let alone full length garment, ornamented this solidly in metal thread work of any kind) is my absolute favourite. The sadi thread / metal thread work has been applied over 2 layers of fabric - a matching what was probably once more gold-tone organza-like lamé and a dense cotton / linen woven fabric underneath.
Sadly I don’t know much at all about the individual history of this piece.
I’m also sad to see that bit of rust starting to form on the upper right hand section there, hence all the more important that I make a photographic record of it before any further rusting occurs.
Lilith, by John Collier, 1892