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Design for a printed cotton by William Kilburn. Floral design with an occasional piece of coral and a seaweed-like plant on a black background.

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Ruth Issett -- Colour Grid __ Exploration of energetic colour using dyed and printed cotton and silk fabrics, layered with hand and machine stitched. 2011

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Block Printed cotton rug, French Connection, £75. Lovely cotton rugs are less expensive than woollen ones, but you will need to get a thick underlay for them to make them feel cosy and stop them slipping.

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Gown

In the 1770s and 1780s printed cotton fabrics began to replace silk in popularity for women’s gowns. The material of this gown has a dotted ground and is printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprays. The gown has a fitted back and open front below the waist, revealing a petticoat of the same fabric. The lack of decoration and use of cotton instead of silk indicates that this gown was probably worn during summer afternoons for card games and tea parties, rather than for evening dress.

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