Every once in a while I find something so amazing there’s really not much else to say other than – WOW! How I’d love to see it in person and really drink in the details. While doing background research I learned a new term: “bibila” is a type of dimensional embroidery.
Round drawstring silk netted bag, blue ground, four pie-shaped panels, each with different flanel serpentine in bibila work in colored silks, gold tassel. Possibly Greek, 19C. Silk net with silk bibila lace, gilt metal thread and tassel, and silk cord. Dimensions: 14.5 x 15.5 x 1.2 cm (5 11/16 x 6 1/8 x 1/2 in.).
The original images are at educators.mfa.org: Click on the link to go to the museum’s page, which allows you to zoom in for a detailed look – it is truly extraordinary.