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.