In 1764, British Customs confiscated a book containing hundreds of silk samples of different qualities from French agents who were attempting to sell them illegally in London. The merchant’s sample book acquired in 1972 by the V & A may be this very book, a fascinating record of the eighteenth-century French and English silk industries and their commercial practices…
…follow the link to the library catalogue to read more about this beautiful book.
Print is an exciting and dynamic area of design, with new analogue and digital technologies opening up a wealth of creative possibilities for designers in textile and non-textile media. Witty, hyperreal and luxurious print designs are being used by fashion designers and in interiors, while artists are harnessing the technology in their work to stunning effect. This showcase of the best printed textiles from around the world is divided into three key areas: fashion, interiors and art.
These are on display until 17th February.