the design center at philadelphia university houses 200,000+ objects related to textiles and fashion. if you would like more information about our collection, please contact us through the ask me anything feature. all photographs copyright the design center.
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Leaf and cellular print on cotton. Unknown manufacturer. Late 19th century.
Floral and geometric print on cotton. Late 19th century.
Geometric print on cotton. France. September 9, 1896-1897.
Abstract print on cotton. France. September 9, 1896-1897.
Geometric print on ribbed cotton. Unknown manufacturer. Late 19th century.
Furniture Friday: Windowpane
On Fridays, we will be focusing on pattern applied to objects for your home.
This Friday we paired a Parisian windowpane swatch from 1900 with glassware from the new Kate Spade Saturday line. The windowpane motif features prominently in their debut collection from pillows to napkins to beach blankets. Kate Spade even had their design team customize the windowpane collection with colorful markers! Check out the fun results on the Saturday blog!
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Polka dot print on cotton pique. Unknown manufacturer. 1932.
Undulating Stripe Print on Cotton. Early 19th century, unknown manufacturer.
Geometric Print on Cotton. Manufactured in 1883 by Edmund Potter & Co. Manchester.
Floral print on cotton. Unknown manufacturer. France. 1895.
English Print on Cotton. Manufactured on Oct. 7th 1884 by Schwabe & Son, 41 George St., Manchester.
Wardrobe Wednesday: Molas
The print on this Mara Hoffman dress references colorful reverse appliqué textiles from the San Blas Islands in Panama. These textiles called molas are often made into blouses, such as this 20th century example from our collection.
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Irregular Ogee Pattern on Cotton. Late 19th century, unknown manufacturer.
Undulating, Irregular Stripe Print on Cotton. January 28, 1889. Unknown manufacturer.
Geometric Print on Cotton. Rouen, France. 1901. Unknown manufacturer.