Monday, 27 September 2010

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.

1 comment:

  1. What a piece of art this is, the colors and the design and the luscious textiles.