This stomacher has a linen ground and is quilted using yellow silk thread. The stomacher was an important part of women’s dress from the late sixteenth up to the early eighteenth centuries. As the name suggests, a stomacher was worn on the upper body stomacher, and formed the centre front of the bodice. It could be pinned or stitched onto and over the stays or to the edges of the gown, filling the space in between. It went in and out of fashion and was often incorporated into the bodice itself. Sometimes buttons, bows, jewellery or other decorations were added. This quilted stomacher was probably worn at home.
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