The title of this post was Wendy’s reaction to my email that the Laton Jacket was sitting in front of me ready for inspection. I loved it.
Back to the jacket, Wendy had a number of questions for me pertaining to the embroidery on 1359-1900. They all centered around one issue – “did we figure it out right????” The great thing was that I didn’t find many elements that we had been mistaken about. Phew. But there was one which really surprised me. The carnation (or pink) calyx was actually stitched in trellis stitch on most of the jacket and not detached buttonhole like we did. It took awhile to figure out how we
were wrong about that one. But then I noticed that the two carnations/pink calyx (so what is the plural of calyx?) on the back of the jacket were stitched with detached buttonhole and this was the only photography we had at the time.
My goal when I entered the storage room for both the V&A and EG was to photograph a close up of every motif on the piece so I could go back later and look at this type of detailing which I wouldn’t have time to systematically do at the piece. I achieved that goal with over 1000 pictures total. Thank heavens for digital! I think it will take months to review the data as questions come up. But I am trying to record what I learned immediately in the blog while it is sharp in my mind.
Here is our calyx. Even though we are wrong on some…we aren’t taking them out now!