Mar 12, 2010

An early floral print

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of owning a rare and beautiful early indienne. The large-scale print, done on very fine cotton, was the top face of a hand-stitched light-weight bedcover from about 1800.
The colors were still vibrant, although age had taken its toll with some small holes. The fabric had been lovingly darned and patched many times. Notice how the stitcher tried to match the patch with the pattern. The background was near-white, although the some of the pictures make it look ivory. Enjoy!

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