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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. The repeat in the weft is around 24 inches (62 cm.) with individual flowers around 2 inches (5 cm.). Reproduced from an original in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, this chintz could be 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 chintz. For example in The Pennsylvania Gazette of 1777, "Run away . . .  a servant woman . . .  had on, and took with her, a light chintz gown" is cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Ivory linen thread is a good match for hand sewing.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 23 September, 2014.

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