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Ensemble

Date:
ca. 1850
Culture:
American or European
Medium:
silk, wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Claire Lorraine Wilson, 1942
Accession Number:
C.I.42.76.3a–e
Not on view
Nineteenth century gauze dresses incorporate the romance of the buta motif in fabrics that have no similarity to the original Kashmiri wools. The endemic and indivisible Paisley-wool ligature is dissociated in the West, chiefly because of its extrordinary popularity as it becomes a design motif for all seasons. By the twentieth century, paisley, in the West, came to be associated as much with silk and cotton - notably in home furnishings and men's neckties - as with wool.
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