oh, so pretty! - Embroidered Green Silk Fichu Continental, mid-18thC. Fichus, or scarves, were integral components of women's day dress in the eighteenth century. They could be triangular in shape, or square and folded into a triangle, and were worn over the shoulders covering the upper chest. They were generally made of fine white cotton or linen and often decorated with whitework embroidery. This example was clearly intended for formal wear.