Printed cotton apron, calico, circa 1780-1800. The apron is part of a formal outfit from Alfta in Hälsingland.
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Title: Printed cotton apron, calico
Date Created: 1780/1800
Use: Sweden (SE), Hälsingland, Alfta
Subject: Apron, Calico apron
Physical Dimensions: w184 x h95 cm
More Information: The fabric for the apron was probably printed in Sweden, possibly in Stockholm or Gothenburg, where calico printing has been documented from the second half of the eighteenth century. Similar patterns were printed by the de Broen family at the calico printing works located at Blecktornet on Södermalm in Stockholm. The pattern, which consists of stripes, vines and scattered flowers, is typically Gustavian and the printing dates from between the 1780s and the 1800s. The striped calico printing imitated woven silks and was popular for furnishings such as bedspreads, curtains, slipcovers and quilts, but was also used for clothing, such as aprons, linings and for everyday garments such as dresses, jackets and vests. The apron is sewn in two widths, is pleated and has a narrow hem at the bottom. The waistband has a stamp, "1/2 Genes 207".
Materials and Techniques: Thin calico with block printed pattern in the form of straight borders resembling ribbon, with small floral groups applied to the borders in predominantly brownish hues that stand out against the purple or red.