The original fabric is a woman’s shortgown. The cut of the shortgown dates it to 1780-90, but the fabric is reused and dates to the mid 18th century. The pattern with white flowers and fruits on brown ground has a late baroque character. It was block printed on medium fine hand spun cotton with a resist paste and then dyed brown - leaving the design white. Probably it was intended as an interior fabric, but apparently it was also used for this type of informal garments.
Jacket National Trust Inventory Number 1350382 Category Costume Date 1775 - 1825 Materials Cotton, Linen Measurements Place of origin France Collection Snowshill Wade Costume Collection, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)