Waistcoat (detail), made in Finistere, 1870-1899
Woollen felt, with applied silk velvet embroidered with silk
Solid spirals of golden silk decorate the neck of this waistcoat which is made from black felt. Narrow strips of black silk velvet bind the armholes, the neck and the upper part of the front opening. It is double-breasted and can be fastened to the left or to the right, although most surviving photographs of this type of garment being worn show it fastened right over left. When fastened this way the full effect of the dense embroidery can be seen.
courtesy V&A Museum, Gt. Britain