Sunday, September 27, 2009

First Post

Cottonopia--word play on Cottonopolis. Nineteenth century Manchester, England, an important world cotton center surrounded by processing and printing mills, was known as Cottonopolis. It is one of two places remaining on my 'life list'.


In this blog, I will write about the history of cotton manufacturing (the printing and dyeing),the use of such cottons (quilts and garments) and the buying and selling of the fabric (cotton textiles as trade goods). I have 9 antique fabric sample books. All those samples should make good visuals for this blog.

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The cover of one of my sample books. 'Divers' means assorted. 1863










The double violet print at the top of the page is the image behind the title, Cottonopia.