Extant Aprons

"Embroidered Apron, Italian, Late 16th-early 17th century

Dimensions: 44.5 x 90 cm (17 1/2 x 35 7/16 in.)
Material: Linen ground with gold metal and silk embroidery, gold metal and silk cord trim, and a gold metal and silk ribbon waistband."

Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Accession Number 43.1034

"Apron, Italy, 1550-1600

Aprons were commonly used for housework. This example, embellished with fine lacework and with a later belt, could have been made in the home."

"Tabby linen with lacework, h 90cm, w 90cm, belt 87cm. Museo del Tessuto, Prato"

At Home in Renaissance Italy, Marta Ajmar-Wollheim and Flora Dennis (Eds), V&A Publications, London, 2006

"Apron. White linen, border of punto in aria. Ties of fine cord with ends of punto in aria. Italy, late 16th or early 17th century."

Lace and Lace Making, Marian Powys, Dover Publications, 2002 

With thanks to Becky Keesaman for the discovery and providing the scan.

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