What is truly astonishing is that the strips which compose the sleeve are virtually all air - strips of lace threaded with thin silk ribbon. The woven damsk of the body is beautiful in its simplicity and understatement - I must take myself off with some linen and thread and try to pattern darn this design!
This woman's jacket seems almost ordinary by comparison - what is there to get excited about that? Apart from its age? Let's look a little closer....
Here you can see that the entire jacket is meticulously and painstakingly pinked and stitched to reveal the contrasting lining beneath, creating the most marvellous texture and colour combination. I wonder how long it would take us to do that?
By the way, the colour pink is a recent addition to the English language, in the past the word rose was in common use. Pink meant serrated edge (think: pinking shears) - and the clove gillyflower having serrated petals came to be called pink because of this. The fact that the flower was rose coloured and very popular led to the transfer of meaning.