Black Silk Boudoir Cap With Machine Embroidered Trim & Ribbonwork

Black Silk Boudoir Cap With Machine Embroidered Trim & Ribbonwork, c. 1930s, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: c. 1930s

Origin: Great Britain

Fabric: Silk

Brand: Unknown

 

A boudoir cap with a black silk base and multicoloured embroidered cotton tulle trims. It is embellished with a single piece of twisted ombré silk ribbon, with small embroidered floral motifs at the anchor points.

The boudoir cap is a type of lingerie headwear, most commonly worn during the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. It was originally worn over undressed hair, worn in the privacy of the boudoir alongside nightwear. In the 1910s and 1920s, it would be commonly worn to protect shorter hair styles during sleep. As the designs became more and more elaborate towards the 1930s, it began to be considered more of a decorative hair net. Like other forms of lingerie, boudoir caps were usually made in fine fabrics such as lace, tulle and satin. Embellishment was often profuse, with techniques such as ribbonwork being particularly commonplace.

 

From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2017-131