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Tambour Work Monogrammed Show Towel, Deep Fringe

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Tambour Work Monogrammed Show Towel, Deep Fringe

This huge and fab huck show towel might have been hand made by a young girl for her trousseau. The unusual moniker of DB has room in the center for the initial of her future husband's initial. Each end has 8 " of hand knotted fringe, as well as 4" of tambour work on each end in a most delightful pattern. This incredible towel, was hand created most likely in the early 1800's when most tambour work was worked white on white. The name Tambour comes from the french word meaning drum, as the fabric is stretched taut over frames resembling a drum. Instead of a needle, very fine, sharp hook is punched through a tightly stretched fabric to catch a fine thread from beneath and draw it up, creating a linked, chain-like stitch. It must have been passed down to Elena, as her name is marked on the back selvage. It measures a total of 52" long and 25" wide. I've freshly laundered and ironed it. It is in wonderful condition, with 2 dropped slubs in the fabric and very faint small rust stain on the back. I'll be glad to send more photos. For you or perhaps a wedding gift? Thank you for visiting!

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