M7417 | Jacket

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1860-1870, 19th century
Fibre: wool (broadcloth, tapes); animal; porcupine quill; synthetic: plastic; Sewn (hand)
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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This remarkable woman's wool jacket features a striking embellishment of colourful porcupine quill embroidery. The floral embroidery is thought to have been sewn by a Huron woman at L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec. Though the Huron produced many articles embellished with quillwork embroidery at the turn of the century, this example of embroidery on fashionable feminine clothing appears to be unique. The cut of the garment is very stylish. To accommodate a bustle, which was in vogue at the time, the jacket's design includes three slits - one at either side and one down the middle.