Category: Colour and Design

Indian Designs Influence French Fabrics

How did the colours and designs of Indian fabrics influence the development of French fabrics? The East India Trading Company (Compagnie des Indes Orientales) introduced fabrics from India in the early 1600s.  When these stunningly printed cottons came into Marseilles the intricate patterns and striking tones and colours dazzled the French. This was the start of the modern cotton industry in France.  The French called the fabrics calicots (for Calcutta), chints (from the Hindu word for the cotton fabrics) or simply Indiennes. These Indiennes are some of my favourite fabrics and whenever I can I ensure that I have a range of these historic fabrics in my collection.  Typical colours … Read More »