Watered silk cape, ca. 1865

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Watered silk cape, ca. 1865

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In the mid-nineteenth century, wide crinolines (full skirts) restricted outerwear to wraps, shawls, capes, and easy fitting garments, such as this black and brown silk tassel-trimmed cape. The wide tasseled collar forms a shawl or shoulder cape effect. Several additional visual elements contribute to the cape's interesting appearance. The wave-like pattern in the silk, known as watered silk, provide one detail; while the black and brown ombré effect mimics a striped pattern.

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About This Item

  • Title: Watered silk cape, ca. 1865
  • Creation Date: circa 1865
  • Subject Date: circa 1865
  • Media: silk, cotton
  • Dimensions: 86.360 cm x 110.490 cm
  • Local Code: 1999.236.006
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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