Wearable Prints, 1760--1860 -- History, Materials, and Mechanics by Susan W. Greene, Kent State University Press '14, in oversized format on glossy stock, $100, 568 pages, ASIN #1606351249. Index, bibliography, nine appendices, glossary, notes follow each chapter, scores of b&w and color images.
"Wearable prints are not only a decorative art form but also the product of a range of complex industrial processes and an economically important commodity," writes author/collector Susan W. Greene. "But when did textile originate, and how can we identify the fabrics, inks, dyes, and printing processes used on surviving historical examples?"
Married to a fiberartist myself, I can testify to the intensity and scope of interests of this cohort. In the author's words, "Historians, students, costumers, quilters, designers, curators, and collectors will find it an essential resource."
On the book's back cover, the author has compiled "a comprehensive guide to early methods of printing dress fabrics," which are discussed in the pages of this doorstop volume:
"The India Trade
The first printed cottons in Europe
The role of printed calicos
Bleach, singe, brush, wash, rinse, soak, cleanse, clear
Muslim, calico, linen, fustian, wool, delaine, challis, silk
Discharge, resist, blotch, pad, cover, dip
Fugitive, fast, mordant, direct, substantive, vat
Spirit colors, steam colors, mineral colors, pigment colors, organic
colors" -- And, believe it or not, that's just a sampling!
Author Susan W. Greene is a collector, museum consultant, and independent scholar. Her collection of 18th and early 19th-century items now resides at the Genesee County Village and Museum in Mumford, N.Y.