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 woman's short gown found at Kallfors mannor, Sodermanland, Sweden and now kept in a private collection. Originally printed in pink and red, blue and brown flowers and scrolls on white ground this reproduction is very similar in color. The design was block printed on hand spun linen, with the blue color painted after since the blue pigment was not compatible with the mordants used for the other dyes.
Pinted cottons were often used to make women's gowns or jackets. The gown or jacket may have a matching petticoat of the same fabric but petticoats were usually not made of printed fabrics unless the upper garment is also of the print. Men's banyans were also made of printed fabrics. In The Cape Fear Mercury of 1773, "Run away . . . an Indented Servent Girl . . . lately from Ireland, but says she has lived 14 years in London . . . had on . . . calico with red flowers, gowns, and 6 yard of dark coloured calico not made up." This is cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. White linen thread will work well for hand sewing this fabric.
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 05 August, 2015.