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Whitework generally refers to any type of embroidery made using white thread and white ground materials. Particularly fine examples are found in German lands in the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Whitework was a popular form for making altar cloths for Lent. As such, they often include religious themes. But other surviving examples include secular figurative and fauna patterns.

Extant Pieces

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