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Sweater

Date:
late 17th century
Culture:
European
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.134.18
Not on view
The rare knitted silks of the seventeenth have never been fully explained, but were probably informal wear. Today they could be purposeful as skiwear or underwear, a light sweater, or a chic bodice. Decorated to be seen, these knits are not represented in painting of the period, yet their role was clearly as a comfortable year-round clothing more consequential than any season's novelty.
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