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Description - Toiles for All Seasons by Starr Siegele

The technology to produce the washable printed fabrics we take for granted today, on anything from high fashion clothing to shower curtains, was not developed and industrialised until the middle of the eighteenth century. At that point, with an explosion of activity the business of printing colourfast dress and furnishings yardage transformed the economies of Great Britain and France over the next half-century. Printed cotton became a prime commodity and a major export. This book will focus specifically on the early scenic, copperplate and engraved roller-printed furnishing fabrics, the rich complexity of their designs and some of the fascinating stories their pictures reveal. The designs mirror every aspect of life and culture in the societies whose demand for these domestic textiles turned them into a fashion craze - a trend that has recently been witnessing a lively revival in America and elsewhere.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781593730307
ISBN-10: 1593730306
Format: Hardback
(203mm x 203mm x mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Bunker Hill Publishing Inc
Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing Inc
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Starr Siegele

Starr Siegele is Adjunct Curator of Prints, Allentown Art Museum, Research Scholar in the Departments of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has served on the curatorial staffs for prints and drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.