Sunday, August 28, 2011

'Blue dyer' logos

Before Dagama Mills purchased the 3 Indigo lines from British companies in the early 1990s, they had their own line...6 Star or Toto.  This is a line I still order regularly.
When I import these fabrics from South Africa, they come in 40 meter lengths. Each bundle has a hang tag with the pattern and lot #s and a colorful sticker.

Several years ago Dagama added a new line of Indigos...Fancies. Indigo blue prints with illuminations of yellow or orange.

Dagama is in the process of changing their product mix from the original shweshwe indigo dyed fabrics. Many prints are very modern and the color options have exploded.....screaming red-violet and sunset orange. There are still some traditional patterns in indigo.

In September I will have some old patterns from a new line....Coral Tree. Great logo!

Road trip.....we are headed out on this uupcoming holiday weekend to visit another Rendezvous....Fort Bridger.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blau Farber

I am originally from Wheeling, WV....home to the Stifel Calicowork. The company dyed indigo goods from 1835 until just before WWII. Post war, it changed the product mix (mainly Sanforized cotton/cotton blends for sports wear) and continued to operate until 1957 when it sold to Indian Head Mills and closed it doors. I babysat for the plant manager who lived directly behind me.

Johanna Stifel emigrated from Germany early in the 19th century and in 1835 established a 'blue dyer' operation in Wheeling, Virginia ( We did not become West Virginia until the War). The boot was his logo.  It is typical of eastern European 'blue dyers' to put their logos on the back of the goods.

In the early 1990s, Dagama Mills purchased dye formulas, pattern books and etched 36" wide rollers from three British companies who were closing their indigo dye operations. In 1994 I started to import Dagama Indigos....dyed with Indigo and using patterns similar to those in the Stifel archives.

At that time, Dagama offered designs from 3 different lines...3 Leopards, originally Brunnschweiler and Company.

3 Cats was from Brotherton.

3 Fish by Spruce Manufacturing  This is the only example I still have of a complete 3 Fish has been washed. I have not seen this line offered by Dagama for many years.

I always try to incorporate the logos into my Indigo quilts.

More Indigo logos on the next post.

For those of you who love my textile history crossword puzzles, I am currently working on a new one for The Quilt Life, Dec '11.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Horseshoes and Chocolate

'Chocolates', in textile history, look like a dark reddish overprint of a silvery ground and were popular toward the end of the 19th century. I once had a fabric designer tell me....They should look like a Hershey bar wrapper! Well they do...but is that how they got the name?

The Hershey Chocolate Company did not introduce the 'maroon brown' wrapper with gold wording until about 1902. It was updated to silver lettering in 1912.

Novelty shirting was also in style late 19th century...horses, horse shoes, riding crops, playing cards and insects were favorites...usually in a red/black design on off white.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Particular Portion

This is a small particular portion of the Chintz Center Panel... Trophy of Arms.

Fans of the Jane Austen quilt can now see how two of our panels would work for the center of Jane's quilt....Trophy of Arms and Scrollwork.

Linda Franz of Inklingo suggested I show these 'interviews' to my customers who are contemplating a Jane Austen quilt. Thank you Linda...for the great idea and the template.

I am off tomorrow, Sunday, to West Yellowstone for the Smoking Waters Mountain Men Rendezvous. I am starting research for a paper on Textiles of the Rendezvous Period and taking a break from the books/journals to visit a modern day encampment. Ron's coming along to fish the Madison and maybe the Gibbon in the Park and visit his favorite fly shop in West...Blue Ribbon Flies. It should be perfect weather...high 70s.