Antimacassar [?]; [?]; [?]; CT05.4609


Antimacassar [?]

About this object

Antimacassar; a long, decorative cover used on the back of a sofa. This consists of a long strip of thick fabric trimmed along the lower edge with peaked lace.
The lace was brought to New Zealand by the donor's grandmother, on her emigration from Wales. The donor's mother sewed the lace onto the fabric and used it on the back of her sofa.
The term antimacassar refers to pieces of fabric placed over soft furnishings to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric beneath. The name is attributable to macassar oil, an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, textile; processed material, textile, lace.


l 1400mm x w 560mm

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, homecrafts

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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