Textile Remnant "Wandle"

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1884

GUSN

GUSN-313651

Description

This textile fragment is discharge and block printed in a polychrome floral repeat designed by William Morris. The selvedge bears his mark [see Inscriptions]. The fragment is hemmed at top and bottom edges and is selvedge width.

Details

Descriptive Terms

textiles
printed textile materials
indigo (colorant)
Arts and Crafts (movement)
Sample, Material
Sample, Material

Label

Morris named this pattern "Wandle" after the river that passed through his Merton Abbey printworks, "to honour our helpful stream." Morris relied on the Wandle's soft water in his textile printing. Morris designed "Wandle" using both his newly perfected discharge printing method, dyeing the entire textile with indigo, then printing with bleach to remove the indigo in patterns, then applying mordants using traditional block printing. The result is a richly colored background with sparkling details and colors.

Inscription

"Reg'd Morris & Company 440 Oxford Street London W"

Maker

Morris, William, 1834-1896 , Morris & Co (Printer)

Dimensions

38 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.1277

Date

1884 (design registered by Morris)