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Set of dress fabrics - Aztec


  • Object:

    Set of dress fabrics

  • Place of origin:

    Hertfordshire (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heron, Patrick, born 1920 - died 1999 (designer)
    Cresta Silks Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed rayon

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.106 to E-1947

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Designed by Patrick Heron in 1947, this print was produced by Cresta Silks Limited, who were based in Welwyn Garden City. Patrick Heron was an artist and the son of Tom Heron, who founded Cresta Silks Limited in 1929. Heron was the head designer for the company between 1944 and 1950; designs were also commissioned from other British artists like Graham Sutherland and Paul Nash. After the Second World War screen printing was introduced, which allowed more flexibility with design than block-printing had done previously. Cresta Silks fabrics were produced for an upper-middle class market, and were sold through mail order as well as their own shops. Heron's early designs tended to be floral, but his style became more abstract after the War, as seen in Aztec.

Physical description

Set of dress fabrics of screen-printed rayon. White and pink abstract design on lavender.

Place of Origin

Hertfordshire (made)


1947 (made)


Heron, Patrick, born 1920 - died 1999 (designer)
Cresta Silks Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed rayon


Width: 12.5 cm repeat, Length: 15 cm repeat, Width: 18 in each, Length: 24 in each

Descriptive line

Set of dress fabrics 'Aztec' of screen-printed rayon, designed by Patrick Heron, made by Cresta Silks Ltd., Hertfordshire, 1947

Production Note

Cresta Silks Ltd was founded in 1929 by Tom Heron and specialised in the production of innovative block-printed silk dress fabrics designed by leading British painters including Paul Nash and Cedric Morris.

Reason For Production: Retail




Screen printed


Textiles; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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