Sheila Bridges "Harlem Toile de Jouy" Silk Scarf

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Regular price $122.00

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This square silk scarf features "Harlem Toile de Jouy," a contemporary vision of 18th-century toile by Harlem-based interior designer Sheila Bridges. Bridges honors her stylish mother through this timeless accessory, who loved to wear colorful scarves from museum shops.

The classic French fabric abounding with pastoral imagery is inspired by archival maps of Harlem, which was settled by the Dutch in 1658. It simultaneously riffs on old stereotypes: women styling hair, men playing basketball, girls enjoying a round of Double Dutch. The motif originates from Bridges's tenacious search for an existing toile suited to her sensibility as a decorator and her perspective as an African American woman living in Harlem. 

  • 100% silk twill
  • 36" square
  • Dry clean
  • Imported