Piece

Date: late 19th century

Culture: Russian

Medium: Cotton

Dimensions: L. 27 x W. 24 1/2 inches
68.6 x 62.2 cm

Classification: Textiles-Printed

Credit Line: Gift of The United Piece Dye Works, 1936

Accession Number: 36.90.816

Description

Colorful Russian designs such as this were popular in France, possibly for their distinctive Russian-Asian exoticism. They were produced in villages dedicated to textile manufacture, where every able-bodied inhabitant was employed in this local industry. A label on the length of fabric records medals for the manufacturer at Paris in 1867 and 1882 and at the Pan-Russian Exhibition in Nizhni Novgorod in 1896. Colorfastness was an important development and won a medal for one of the leading Russian manufacturers, Ludwig Rabenek, at Moscow in 1891.

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