Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Pretty 19th century French prints

These pretty French prints arrived in the post today and have been a real pleasure to photograph and process for the website as they are so interesting and photogenic. Natural dyes like indigo and madder give such wonderful colours and shades especially when gently faded over time.

18th century prints began by imitating book printing styles butthe 19th century saw the gradual invention & introduction of a new textile repertoire using innovative ideas and motifs along with traditional ones that exploited the growth of new technology such as roller printing.


  1. Oh my...they're so intricate and beautifully detailed. I'd never be able to cut it into anything.

  2. Beautiful prints, natural dyes always look so good and time is kind to them as they fade, they just get better.