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Furnishing fabric - Elysian

Elysian

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Carlisle (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1948 (designed)
    1949 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucienne Day, born 1917 - died 2010 (designer)
    Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Lee Courtaulds

  • Museum number:

    T.159-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Edinburgh Weavers was founded in 1928 by the textile manufacturer James Morton (1867-1943) as an experimental design and marketing unit of Morton Sundour Fabrics. Originally based in Edinburgh, the firm merged with Morton Sundour Fabrics' weaving factory in Carlisle in 1931. They achieved success in the UK and US under the enlightened directorship of Alastair Morton (1910-63), who commissioned freelance designers and artists to produce work for interpretation as printed and woven fabrics. Following Alastair Morton's death, Edinburgh Weavers was taken over by Courtaulds in 1963.

Physical description

Textured plain weave cotton, printed, machine-sewn top, bottom and right, selvedge left edge. Design of wildflowers in compartments in green and pink, four colourways attached: yellow and mauve labelled "Colour No. 34", pink and blue labelled "Colour No. 142", grey and blue labelled "Colour No. 50", grey and red labelled "Colour No. 90". Woven 'ew' label: "Quality Elysian / Pattern 0797/323 / Colour 40 / Width 50 / Designer Lucienne Day".

Place of Origin

Carlisle (manufactured)

Date

1948 (designed)
1949 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Lucienne Day, born 1917 - died 2010 (designer)
Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed cotton

Dimensions

Length: 72 cm, Width: 62 cm

Object history note

From Courtaulds Design Library, group D3
The Courtaulds Design Library principally contained records from Courtaulds’ factories at Halstead and Bocking, Essex, and Halifax, and the large collection that came into Courtaulds’ possession through its acquisition of Morton Sundour and Edinburgh Weavers in 1963. The library was used by designers within Courtaulds and was also available for the use of Courtaulds’ customers. Following the acquisition of Courtaulds by the international corporation Sara Lee and the subsequent change in the business it was decided that the V&A would be the most appropriate location for the collection to enable it to be appreciated and used more fully. The Library was donated to the V&A by Sara Lee Courtaulds in 2001.

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric, printed, British, 1948, Lucienne Day for Edinburgh Weavers,"Elysian", wildflowers in compartments, pink and green, four colourways attached

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Textiles; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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