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Clack, M.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

This is a typical woven ribbon of the mid-19th century, which would have been used to decorate women's garments and bonnets. The ribbon was exhibited in the section devoted to Silk (in the sub-section on Fancy Ribbons) at the 1851 Great Exhibition and was also illustrated in the Art Journalcatalogue of the exhibition.

It was designed by M. Clack, a pupil of the Coventry School of Design and depicts a richly coloured and naturistically realised band of woven floral design on a cream ground. Coventry was famous for manufacturing highly sophisticated ribbons of Jacquard-woven silk. Introduced into Britain from France at the beginning of the century, the jacquard loom was not widely adopted for industrial use until the 1830s. It allowed a far greater range of patterns to be woven than had previously been possible

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  • Title: Ribbon
  • Creator: Clack, M.
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Location: Coventry
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 310 mm maximum length, Width: 175 mm maximum width
  • Provenance: Given by HM Commissioners of the Great Exhibition of 1851
  • Medium: Jacquard-woven figured silk

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