Sampler - ROM2014_14421_32



Medium:Linen tabby with silk embroidery in satin and knot stitch
Geography: Mexico
Date: 19th century
54.5 x 94 cm
Object number: 2002.19.31
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Kent Newcomb. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
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This sampler shows a woman with butterflies, dressed in the style of the early 18th century, exotic flowers in an urn, four rows of floral bands, and darning squares. Spanish needlework techniques were widely taught in Mexican convents. Exemplars, or samplers, allowed pupils to practice their newly-acquired skills, and provided useful memoranda of stitches and designs. Few, if any, samplers survive from the early decades of colonial rule, but 18th and 19th century examples offer invaluable information about popular embroidery styles. Today, in rural Mexico where clothing is still embroidered, samplers from girlhood are kept and consulted, and play a vital role in continuing this needlework tradition.

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