Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Old Brown Fabrics Came From Old Lavender

I know that many of you are already aware of this, but just in case, I must mention it yet again. (I already mentioned it on my Old & Good site). When you see the old brown gowns, quilts, and other brown textile items, they were usually originally lavender to purple.

Pictured here are some strips taken from a very old quilt. Note the lavender on the seams that never saw sunlight.

Just had to share.


Anonymous said...

Cool examples. I love the lavendar prints and also the faided parts. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Makes me want to go and sew up a great Civil War re-enactment dress.

Larkrise garden girl said...

How interesting!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Christine,
That's amazing. You wouldn't know from a textile unless you took it apart (which I would never be able to do without ruining it). So if we come across these browns,
we will have to wonder now. Thank you so much for showing us.
Warm Regards,

Rebecca said...

Ah yes, some of my favorite fabrics! Thanks!

Bama said...

I did know, but its fun to see such nice examples.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Great examples Christine...thanks for sharing.

Carolyn :)

Sarah said...

Interesting-it is a shame they faded!

Penelope's Beehive said...

How very would never know what colours remain hidden without a wee peek! Thank you for sharing!


rc truck said...

These are best examples. That lavendar prints and also the faded parts of fabric is gorgeous. I also want to make one and sew up a great Civil War re-enactment dress.

Gaby Bee said...

These lavendar prints are simply wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Have a lovely wek!

Terri said...

Those are awesome! You have pieces of history here! Very interesting!