Infant of Prague robe made from 18th century dress silk brocade
This is an interesting textile, at first glance it looks like an ornate doll's or baby's robe, however I have been told it is an 'image robe', a miniature robe or vestment to dress a statue of The Infant of Prague (see wikipedia for more info). It has been made from fragments of gorgeous dress silk dating to about the mid 1700s, tiny pieces carefully sewn together to keep most of the pattern symetrical & matched. I am not a religeous person, but had always found religious imagery and devotional practises and artifacts fascinting. The delicate, rare dress silk itself is of interest, and the use to which it has been later put, full of cultural & historical resonance.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!