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Robe à la française, ca. 1760; chiné silk
Victoria & Albert Museum T.16&A-1961; unknown donor
During the eighteenth century, Europeans admired the look of the “exotic” ikat. Seeking to imitate it, they used wood-block printing to put a pattern on the warp threads before weaving. This created an even wavier pattern on the finished fabric. Chiné silk was extremely expensive, but also extremely fashionable.