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boy's shirt

  • Place of origin:

    britain (made)

  • Date:

    1970s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chilprufe Ltd. (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Made from Courtelle, a trademarked synthetic acrylic fabric that resembles wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jackie Newton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This boy's shirt was produced in the 1970s by Chilprufe, a childswear company based in Leicester. It is made from a fabric called CourtelleTM which is a synthetic fibre that resembles wool. The shirt itself is orange and beige and features a repetitive pattern across the surface of the fabric.

Physical description

Boy's shirt made from orange and cream patterned, synthetic fabric. The shirt has a large collar and can be fastened around the neck with orange, plastic buttons. The long sleeves also fasten with matching buttons on the cuffs. There is a pocket on the left hand side of the chest, decorated with another orange button.

Place of Origin

britain (made)


1970s (made)


Chilprufe Ltd. (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Made from Courtelle, a trademarked synthetic acrylic fabric that resembles wool

Marks and inscriptions

Located on the material label sewn into the back of the shirt

55'', 140cm, 10 yrs, MACHINE, warm minimum wash (40°C), cool rinse, short spin, cool iron, reverse side'
Located on material label sewn into back of shirt


Length: 54.5 cm Neck to lower hem

Object history note

This shirt was donated by Jackie and Norman Newton who opened a children's clothing boutique in Essex in the 1970s. The shirt was one of the items saved after the shop closed a few year slater. The objects donated by the Newtons were often worn by their own children.

Descriptive line

Boy's orange patterned shirt made by Chilprufe in the 1970s


Synthetic fabric; Plastic


Machine sewing


Children's clothes; Children & Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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