Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Every Early Repro Collection Needs...

Every Early Reproduction Collection Needs... a white ground chintz.

The document print is at the top,
 the reproduction from Lately Arrived from London at the bottom.

Chintzes, large scale cotton florals originally printed in India were a fashion rage from the 17th through the early 19th centuries.

Nineteenth-century white ground chintzes often survive
as Broderie Perse designs in American applique quilts.

Annie Righton Smith, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
 Gift of Patricia Smith Melton 1998.149.19

Cut-out chintz or Broderie Perse quilt from an online auction.
Notice the free form stars scattered around the images cut from white ground chintz.

White-ground chintz border

Reproduction quilt top by Roseanne Smith
Roseanne's quilting this top now.

These splashy prints were popular for interior decorating but also for men's and women's clothing.

The Netherlands was one of the few European countries that permitted free trade in chintzes. Many bold articles of clothing survive there. Above two baby jackets (jakje in Dutch); below two baby caps, the top example a dark ground chintz, the bottom a white ground chintz.

Chintz was fashionable for womens' gowns and men's banyans (lounging robes).

Banyan from Tasha Tudor's collection

Click here and scroll down to see King George IV's white-ground chintz banyan

Read more about the history of chintz
At this blog post MoreWeJAdore:
And this one from TheDreamstress
And a reenactor site:

See more chintz dresses at the Victoria and Albert Museum

And the Kyoto Costume Institute

And see another post by me about chintz with lotsa links.

Click here to find out how to order a white-ground reproduction from the American Quilt Study Group
And you'd better buy yardage from my Lately Arrived from London collection---yardage in shops soon.



  1. Very interesting. I didn't know that chintz fabrics were ever used for clothing. I had assumed it was decorative fabric for the home. Thanks for sharing that information.

  2. Oh yardage is on the list, but will need to get to the shop when the truck arrives as the large scale fabs sell much faster - the bolt only holds 15 yards which goes fast.....love large yardage of the large prints...

  3. yeah! A topic on Dutch fabrics and quilts! Woohooo! I love that, since I am dutch....

  4. See Quilt It and Dotty's Dutch blog with Dutch quilts old and new by passting this addresas in your web browser.

  5. Thank you so much for linking to us at morewejadore.com. Your blog is wonderful and I'm so flattered you found my post on Chintz interesting.

  6. I love chintz, thanks for all the info.
    I adore those baby jackets and that coat is to die for!