1800s Regency and Victorian

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  By Shari Fuller By the 1700s, European colonists in America began making their way across the Blue Ridge Mountains, stretching from Pennsylvania through North Carolina, where they began forging respectful, albeit tenuous, relationships with the Native American population. Isolated from the eastern colonies in what became known as the […]

18th Century Hunting Frock

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By Shari Fuller As the world  entered the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution went into full swing and with it the new branch of science called chemistry.  As early chemists began isolating and identifying elements they were able figure out ways to reproduce natural dyes from other other sources.  These […]

Judging a Cloth by its Color…. part 3

Indian Printed Cotton from the 1400s prior to European influence. 5
Color is anything but passive  and from the time the first dyes appeared, artisans found ways to use color to create interesting designs and patterns on fabrics.  At first, multiple colors were woven into fabrics to form simple stripes and plaids, but over the years, weavers developed increasingly complex patterns […]

Judging a Cloth by its Color… What Fabric Tells Us, ...

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When I was very young, I remember admiring a black and white photo of my mom wearing a very pretty dress and the amazement I felt when she showed me that same dress hanging in her closet.  The color was so beautiful.  It had never occurred to me that life […]

Judging a Cloth by its Color… What Fabric Tells Us, ...