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History and tradition

Historical fabrics… our secret passion! Or maybe not so secret. We devote a whole section of our shop to historical reproduction fabrics and this area of our blog brings you articles that pull back the curtain on how fabrics were made or worn in different eras. Join us in tracking down historical materials and tracing how patterns came and went. See how everything from magnificent brocades to simple canvas fabrics were made. We have studied ancient weaving techniques and completed historical textile analysis training. We maintain contact with museum curators and staff at historical institutions across the globe. It all comes together to raise the bar for our authentic historical reproduction fabrics.

Biedermeier fashion and fabrics

Biedermeier fashion and fabrics

As young women in Regency England swooned over Mr. Darcy, what were their counterparts on the Continent up to? Both sides of the Channel saw the rise of a middle-class esthetic, demure and practical. Gone were the arch tastes of Empire fashion. In the heart of Europe the Biedermeier brought an idealization of hearth and home, the return of the hourglass figure, and a flurry of dainty floral prints.

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Wool fabrics through the ages

Wool fabrics through the ages

Planning a historical costume but you’re not sure which fabric to choose? No need to wade through piles of history books – we’ve done the research for you. This short guide to historical wools covers everything from traditional wool processing techniques to pointers for choosing an authentic weave.

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Czech kroj: Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region

Czech kroj: Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region

Fertoch, jupka, kandus, rozplasenka, serka! When we talk about traditional folk costumes – “kroj” in Bohemia (or Silesia, Moravia, and Slovakia for that matter) it means grappling with a whole new vocabulary. I learned that the hard way when I set off this February on a quick information gathering trip to western Bohemia. We were working on a new brocade in our historical reproduction series… and for the first time ever, I had a living, breathing first-hand source to answer my questions!

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Historical reenactments and medieval battles: Tips for events around the world

Historical reenactments and medieval battles: Tips for events around the world

Historical reenactments, battles, swordsmanship, medieval costumes and crafts… There’s a whole world out there that’s out of this world. People from all walks of life shed their everyday identities and get together to make the past come alive. The calendar is packed with fantastic events to thrill and inspire you.

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Events calendar

Events calendar

Events in Europe and the USA, where you can meet us in person and pet our fabrics. We bring all the favourites - long staple linen, rich brocades, silks and of course the historical textile reproductions. a collection of fabrics for historical costumes.

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