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Slippers

Date:
1865–85
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool
Dimensions:
1 1/2 x 10 in. (3.8 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Anonymous gift, In memory of Mrs. John Roebling, 1970
Accession Number:
2009.300.1597a, b
Not on view
Throughout the Victorian era, middle and upper class women were expected to exhibit their domestic and needleworking skills in the making of useful and attractive items. The embroidery of slipper uppers was widespread domestic pastime that addressed this expectation. The example here is typical of late 19th-century house slippers in both cut and decorative design, and features high quality needlepoint embroidery which retains most of it original bright coloration.
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