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What is this?

Length of printed cotton crepe with a teal blue ground and a wide central column made up of narrow horizontal rectangles in various shades of blue, green, yellow, white and gray; thin lines extend from the center to the edges of the fabric.

Why is this in our collection?

World War II had a profound impact on Britain’s textile industry. Wartime austerity clothes-rationing severely curtailed textile production and Britain’s utility scheme limited the scale of patterns and the color palette to rust, green, blue, and natural. Eager to regain their economic and aesthetic superiority in the industry after the war, British companies sought out collaborations with designers and artists to create new designs, many of which were influenced by the organic and abstract forms used by such artists as Joan Miró, Paul Klee, and Alexander Calder. The Festival of Britain, held in London in 1951, was a showcase for these new design ideas known as the “Contemporary Style.” Heal... more

This object was designed by Lucienne Day and manufactured by Heal Fabrics

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Cora Ginsburg, LLC

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Textile, "Causeway", 1967 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=21 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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