Medium: linen embroidery, cotton cording, cotton foundation Technique: stitched using trapunto technique; embroidered in satin, stem, coral knot, French knot, and eyelet stitches with deflected element work
embroidery & stitching
Section of a petticoat
Gift of Anonymous Donor from the Fraser/Martin Collection
Research in Progress
White on white pattern of symmetrical floral forms stemming from a vase.
Two layers of white cotton fabric are placed one on top of the other with warps and wefts aligned. Heavy cotton yarn is pulled through channels created by parallel rows of running stitches through both layers, giving a padded effect (trapunto). Embroidered details are added in a variety of stitches. In some areas, the back layer of fabric is cut away and deflected element work is added in the top layer.
1 photographic print : black & white ; 4 x 3 centimeters
Bahia (Brazil : State)
Image ID landes_photo_brazil_91-4_0146
Photograph from anthropologist Ruth Landes' 1938-1939 field research on Afro-Brazilians and Candomblé in Brazil in the city of Bahia (now known as Salvador). Handwritten by Landes on verso: "Bahiana dolls showing anaguas. The plump necks are typical."
landes_photo_brazil_91-4_0146, Brazil: Bahian blacks and candomblé [3 of 3], Box 62, Ruth Landes Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution