I love to incorporate bits of historical clothing and accessories into my everyday wear, but it’s not often that I get to bring contemporary designers back in time.
I recently ordered a few yards of this fabric, which reminds me of 18th century block-printed cotton:
I have a terrible time finding good 18th century prints, so when I saw this, I had to snatch some up. Sure, the print I bought isn’t exactly a reproduction, but it’s close enough that it feels right to me. At first I was a little unsure of the colorway, but I emailed the fine folks at Duran Textiles, who assured me that while black-on-white prints were unusual, they did indeed exist. Also, some of the brown tones we see on extant textiles may have been black at one point, but the vegetable dyes faded over time. They themselves have some beautiful black-on-white cotton prints:
Also, I gotta admit…I’m a sucker for Marc by Marc Jacobs, and this is most definitely MBMJ. Here is the fabric in action in his Spring 2006 RTW collection:
And the real kicker? At $4/yard, the price can’t be beat. I’m thinking of ordering more to stash away, because it would make for some cute pockets and bumrolls and pocket hoops…”designer” accessories, per se!
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