A Stitch in Time - Episode 3

A Stitch in Time

Amber Butchart's journey of discovery begins at Broughton Castle, where a full-size portrait of an 18th century hedge cutter has belonged to the Fiennes family for generations. It is an extremely rare example of a worker being immortalised on canvas. The dark pigments of the painting hide a multitude of secrets: no-one is sure who the painting is by, who the subject was or even when it was painted. The only thing about the garment which can be assumed with any certainty is that the hedge cutter's protective leather coat has been patched back together over a number of years. While Amber pieces together the clues, Ninya Mikhaila and her team set about recreating the coat as it would have originally looked before the thorns got to it. Amber's exploration of this domestic worker's coat reveals much about the clothing of ordinary working people of the period, and leads her on an emotional path of enlightenment at the Foundling Hospital and the vaults of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Aired:
Jan 02, 2022
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