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Catalog Number 0002.089
Description Mourning Crepe Door Hanging, n.d. Brownish-black synthetic crepe door hanging consists of one long piece of fabric folded in the center and tied at the top to form a small 2.5" loop. The overall length is 30" and the two hanging pieces below the loop are each 26" long. A black 2" wide grosgrain ribbon ties in a single bow around the crepe to form the loop at top.
Object Name Drapery
Collection 3D - Window & Door Coverings
Title Mourning Crepe Door Hanging, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "Crepe is the name given to fabric having a crinkled or pebbled texture, often used for blouses and dresses with graceful drape. Almost any fiber may be used, and the fabric can be thin and sheer, fine and opaque, or even heavy." []

"Black crepe tied white ribbon is placed upon the door or bell knob, as an indication that the dread visitor has entered the home, and borne away another prize. This should deter the caller from ringing, if it is possible to bring the attendant to the door without doing so. No one knows save those who have passed through a sorrow, how the clang of a bell, with its nosiy reminder of active life, jars upon the nerves. In many houses, the hall door is left ajar, that friends may enter quietly....White crape looped with white ribbon is appropriate for a child, or a young person. For the aged, black crape and black ribbon are used." []
Dimensions H-30 W-11 D-1.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Death
Subjects Death
Doors & doorways
Hangings (Textiles)