Category: Historical textiles

Blue Alchemy »

On March 18th, 2016 Ronja Brown wrote on the subject of Selvedge,Books,Historical textiles,Artists and Designers,Artisans.

Indigo is a textile dye, extracted from species of the Indigofera plant which contains a chemical compound called indican. When processed in certain ways, the green leaves of the plant produce a striking blue colour. Indigo can be a temperamental dye, and special knowledge is required to produce it. Used since antiquity, for a long time […]

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Made in China »

On October 18th, 2015 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Exhibitions, shows and workshops,Historical textiles.

This post is in part an extract from the Romance issue of Selvedge magazine. The Fan Museum is a reminder, for both visitors and staff, of a former, gentler age when courtesy and care were extended widely. Perhaps the genteel nature of the collection makes it so or maybe it is due to the founders, […]

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Plots & Spangles »

On October 16th, 2015 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Exhibitions, shows and workshops,Historical textiles.

‘The single most important body of work by a named Englishwoman in early modern times.’ Mistress Helena Wintour was only six years old when her father, Robert and uncle, Thomas were hung, drawn and quartered in 1606 for their involvement in the gunpowder plot. Her life was subsequently dedicated to Catholicism with embroidery as her […]

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Liberty in Fashion »

On October 2nd, 2015 Tamara Prenn wrote on the subject of Exhibitions, shows and workshops,Historical textiles,Fashion.

Founded in 1875, the influence of Liberty’s original prints on British fashion seems overarching, the multi-coloured florals and swirling patterns instantly recognisable to the consumer. The prints, which have been in production for 140 years this year, are celebrated at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum in October’s exhibition Liberty in Fashion. The fabrics in 2015 seem as […]

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The Fabric of India »

On September 30th, 2015 Clare Bungey wrote on the subject of Selvedge,Historical textiles.

The Fabric of India exhibition opens at the V&A this weekend and our editor Polly Leonard was lucky enough to see a preview of it this afternoon. She was blown away by its scale and depth. Who knew that there was more to know about chintz? Not a thread has been left unexamined. A must see… In […]

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