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Sample Book, Carte de Nuances de la Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers (Shade Card of the Dyer’s Trade Union)

This is a Sample book. It was produced by Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers. We acquired it in 1936. Its medium is paper, cardboard, silk. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This sample card shows the silk dyes available for Autumn 1927. Each color is numbered, but also named, with references to everything from sailor’s slang to French colonies to chocolate-filled cakes. Evocative color names remain an important sales tool today.

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Sample Book, Carte de Nuances de la Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers (Shade Card of the Dyer’s Trade Union); Produced by Chambre Syndicale des Teinturiers ; France; paper, cardboard, silk; 1936-31-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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