These green silk mitts are repurposed from a pair of silk stockings. The feet have been cut off and some of their fabric has been used to make the thumbs; the openings are bound with matching green silk satin ribbon. The striped tops of the stockings have been retained. Such recycling of good quality material was common. With a little ingenuity, this adaptation allowed someone for whom silk gloves were beyond her budget to enjoy a little luxury.
Green silk mitts, 99.72.2, Friends of the Museum Purchase.