Sunday, March 4, 2012

Garibaldi Prints

American print mills produced a wide assortment of black on red ground prints from 1875 until 1925. These are often referred to as 'Garibaldi Prints'.

During the 1860s a charismatic general named Giuseppe Garibaldi helped unite Italy. He and his followers wore distinctive red shirts. This military wear inspired a women's fashion of short red wool shirts or jackets with black embroidery or braid as well as the black on red printed cottons. Both the stylish jackets and the prints were known as Garibaldi.

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