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Cotton Prints and Chintz

18th Century Cotton Prints and Chintz

Chintz (from the Hindi word chint, meaning to sprinkle or spray) were made using a multi-step process involving painting, resist dyeing, and mordant dyeing. A final finish was applied by burnishing with shells or beaten with a mallet to give them a shiny surface.

Both in America and Europe but especially in Britain and the Netherlands chintz fabric from India soon became the craze from gentry to servants after their first introduction in the 17th century. The glazed and printed cotton was a favorite long into the 19th century until the cheaper machine made copies replaced the hand painted cloth from India. In the 17th century it was used at first for bed hangings and bedcovers of the gentry then when worn out reused for clothing the children of the lower sorts. But the bright colors of the beautiful prints were soon being used for linings and later into women's jackets, skirts, and gowns and men's banyans and enjoyed by all economic classes. Much of what is written here is summarized from the book Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West by Rosemary Crill.

Reproducing the print and drape of late 18th century fabrics, these preshrunk cottons will only produce 2-3% shrinkage with washing.




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Kaprifol

Kaprifol

100% cotton block print, 59" wide This true block print is a typical rococo design copied from a mid 18th century original used as a lining in a...
$39.95

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Blue Ground Chintz with Vines

Blue Ground Chintz with Vines

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide Inspired by the popular Hamilton Broadway hit musical, this chintz has a very light blue could be used to make women's...
$13.00

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Cascading Floral Stripe Calico

Cascading Floral Stripe Calico

100% cotton calico, 45" wide Calicos of only two colors were very common. This one is reproduced from a French fabric dated c. 1775 to 1800 and has...
$19.99

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Exotic Flowers Chintz

Exotic Flowers Chintz

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide We could not resist this chintz with the many bright colors! Reproduced from an original chintz dated as 1730 to 1800 in...
$16.50

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India Garden Chintz

India Garden Chintz

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide Chintz with red vines were common because of the difficulty to print in green although this has many olive green shades...
$16.50

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Palace Bloom Chintz

Palace Bloom Chintz

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide Chintz with red, green, blue and brown on an off white ground is sometimes seen. Inspired from an original in the DeWitt...
$19.99

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Palace Blue Flowers

Palace Blue Flowers

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide This reproduction of a 1750 to 1760s chintz in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, has a 14" repeat. Chintz were...
$16.50

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Trails and Leaves Chintz

Trails and Leaves Chintz

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide Chintz of blue, red and black all in various shades were commonly seen in chintz fabrics. Inspired from an original in...
$16.50

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Francis Open Floral Chintz

Francis Open Floral Chintz

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide Black vines with blue leaves and red and brown flowers with an 8" repeat are all common colors found in early printed...
$19.99

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Red Trailing Vines Chintz

Red Trailing Vines Chintz

100% cotton chintz, 45" wide Red flowers with brown vines like this appear to be a very common theme among 18th century chintz fabrics. Reproduced...
$19.99

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