[Fragment, mid-16th century. Joseph Pulitzer bequest to The Met.]
So if it seems a little bold for clothes, I think that was the point. But with the pattern re-imagined for furnishing fabric, this design would be right at home in the 21st century. F.Y.I., the seraser technique used here in The Met's piece was only done by a small group of artisans. Known for creating larger-than-life patterns, they wrapped yellow or white silk yarns with ultra-fine strips of gold or silver foil. The fragment is also featured in this Met catalogue.