Drawstring purse with an abstract pattern, anonymous (after), c. 1820 - c. 1840

Drawstring purse with an abstract pattern, anonymous (after), c. 1820 - c. 1840

printing, l 22.5cm × w 22cm More details

It is the fabric rather than the shape of this purse that is interesting. The half wool and half silk fabric was probably first produced under the name of challis in Norwich (England) around 1820–1825. Challis was ideally suited for being printed with patterns and was used for men’s waistcoats, gowns and later also shawls from Paisley (Scotland).

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