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The Book of Printed Fabrics. From the 16th century until today

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A temple of textiles, the Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes is a Mecca for fashion designers. And these two volumes are a colourful and ornate exploration of some 900 printed fabrics from four continents housed in its vaunted vaults. Discover four centuries of global fashion heaven in this indispensable tribute to fabric art, craft, and history.
Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase9.6 x 12.0 in.13.67 lb888 pages

“A splendid tome that highlights the treasures of the Musée de l'impression sur étoffes.”

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace

“A complete itinerary among fabrics that are more or less ancient, more or lesser known, but all of which are imbued with history and meaning.”

“Let us seek to collect the scattered debris of the past and, above all, bring together the products of this era.”
Daniel Dollfus-Ausset
The Book of Printed Fabrics. From the 16th century until today

The Book of Printed Fabrics. From the 16th century until today


Essential Fabrics

Explore centuries of timeless textiles from the Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes

In the far east of France, close to the German and Swiss borders, lies the historic city of Mulhouse. During the early 19th century, it became one of the leading centres of textile manufacture in the country. Today it is home to the Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, a museum dedicated entirely to the history of fabric printing from the 17th century right up to the present day.

Few are the serious fashion designers who have not come to visit this astonishing temple to textiles. This book, however, gives you the key to those vaults, presenting on its broad pages perfectly captured images of its collections that span four different continents – recounting a fascinating artistic and technological adventure across the world, from its origins in India to the most contemporary creations.

Across two volumes, you’ll discover nine luxuriantly illustrated chapters that being to glorious life a chronological and thematic overview of the Musée’s unprecedented retrospective of the art of printed fabrics. And that journey begins in India, with the first volume devoted to the far east origins of the designs that made these prints famous, and how they came over to the factories of Europe. You’ll also find here stories and images detailing artistic innovations such as toile de Jouy and the development of new colour ranges.

In the second volume, the reader can look back at the incredible inventiveness of manufacturers and their designers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Explore eye-catching cashmere motifs and the intense passion for nature and flowers that emerged under the Second Empire, before the artistic avant-gardes and modernity profoundly evolved the artistic creation of textile prints.

With nearly 900 pieces reproduced here to the highest possible standard, you will journey through the extraordinary tapestry of motifs and colours, that make this book such a peerless source of inspiration for textile enthusiasts of all kinds.

The author

Aziza Gril-Mariotte, art historian, is a specialist in textiles and the industrial arts, and a teacher and researcher at the Université de Haute-Alsace. From 2019 until 2022, she has headed the Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes in Mulhouse. She is currently director of Lyon's Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs.   

The Book of Printed Fabrics. From the 16th century until today
Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase24.3 x 30.4 cm6.20 kg888 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6276-8

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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