Tracing the Blueprint

Last week I went to the current museum at Stroud Museum in the Park, called Tracing the Blueprint. It is on until Sunday 30 March and definitely worth a visit.

It is all about ‘Blaudruck’, the resist printed indigo fabric of Central and Eastern Europe. The cloth is still printed in Hungary, and has also made its way via trade, settlers and the Manchester printers, to Southern Africa, where it is popular.

There are photographs, information boards, and plenty of cloth samples and clothing. Plus, as a bonus, small packets of sample cloth for sale, courtesey of the African Fabric Shop. I bought one and washed the pieces, as they were stiff. Now i must decide what to do with them — apart from just admire them.

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