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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Indigo Guys: Ollive and Talwin

 [From the collection of the V & A.]

"China Blue" to some, but to others "English Blue," the intricate indigo-printing process used to create this circa 1780 furnishing cotton yielded gorgeous, colorfast shades. And, according to the V & A, engraved copper plates (relatively new at the time) enabled English manufacturer Ollive and Talwin, at Bromley Hall in East London, to make this print exceptionally refined. More on the indigo-based monochrome print here.

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