wonder of the loom

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can anybody define the phrase " wonder of the loom"?
it is from this passage:
" i think you offer some forty thousand . . . crown . . . for that wonder of the loom"
wonder of the loom must be some cloth of course. it is from Florentine tragedy by Oscar Wilde.
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  • Parla

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    English - US
    Welcome to the forum, Mrek.

    A Florentine Tragedy is a play that Oscar Wilde never finished; the extant fragment is online. The actual quote containing that phrase, according to the text I found (this is the maximum four lines permitted here):
    Name your own price. I have a curious fancy
    To see you in this wonder of the loom
    Amidst the noble ladies of the court,
    A flower among flowers.

    I gather from the context that the item is a woman's garment of some sort. I assume that the speaker calls it a "wonder of the loom" because it's made of a particularly beautiful or unusual fabric.

    You can look up "wonder" and "loom" in the WR dictionary if one of those words is puzzling you; just enter the word in the search box at the top of the page.
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