Pair of sleeves with spiral-shaped insets, anonymous, c. 1820

Pair of sleeves with spiral-shaped insets, anonymous, c. 1820

embroidering, l 62.0cm × w 17.0cm More details

These long sleeves are gathered at intervals to make a series of puffs. Called Mameluke sleeves, they became fashionable around 1808. Originally Mamluks were the bodyguards of a sultan. After Napoleon’s campaign through Egypt and Palestine (1798–1801), Arabian influences became increasingly visible in fashion. The inset is made of needlepoint lace, which was produced in Carrickmacross, Ireland, from 1820.

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