Antique 19th Century French jacquard cut velvet 'velours au sabre', purple on ivory silk fabric remnant, fleur de lys motif doll making

Antique 19th Century French jacquard cut velvet 'velours au sabre', purple on ivory silk fabric remnant, fleur de lys motif doll making

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Exquisite early 19th Century French 'velours au sabre', cut velvet silk remnant which I found inside a trunk of the most incredible 1800s silk.

A unique tradition, the Velours au Sabre can only be worked with duchess satin which has a double warp. Created exclusively by hand, this technique consists of cutting the uppermost warp with a ���Saber�۝, a tool very like a surgeon�۪s scalpel, to create a pattern. Once cut, the threads are worked over with a brush made of wild boar so that the threads of the velvet are revealed and the image appears in relief.

It is a traditional hand craft which requires very delicate actions and years of training. The result and the quality of the image, created by the ���sabering�۝, can not be recreated using any other technique.

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This steamer trunk of 1800s silk included a Callot Soeurs dress and various silks and trims for dress-making all dating from 1800 - 1888.

This was one of the handmade silk remnants that was folded amongst the 1800s robes.

It is a very old piece of French textile history and is in good condition given age.

It is unlaundered and in good antique condition.

Measures 18cm by 15cm approx

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