Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hand Stitched Buttonholes

Icelandic. In red and green cotton floss on cream melton cloth. These are side openings of a pair of cropped trousers, accommodating gaitors and boots. I don't know what the little green rubs of dye are and stared at them a long time trying to figure it out. They're not decorative because they don't appear anywhere else on the cloth, and they're too bright to have come from the brass buttons or some other equipment. And they seem to match the green thread so well ...

No date or other information on these. They're certainly a man's garment, and I'd place them at the early part of the century as the seams are machine stitched (treddle?).

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