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Dress fabric sample card - Mancha


  • Object:

    Dress fabric sample card

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1959 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ascher Ltd (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven chenille

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zika Ascher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The sample book in the lower left of the picture contains different colourways of the same textile and comes from the archive of Zika Ascher. Ascher was an innovative textile manufacturer who based himself in London after the annexation of his home country of Czechoslovakia in 1939. His wife designed textiles and their company became incorporated in 1942 (Ascher Ltd). Ascher developed a range of different fabrics for use at the top end of the fashion market. He used samples such as these to show prospective clients his wares, and as a record of his output.

After the Second World War in Europe, couturiers used novel lightweight mixes of wool, mohair and nylon for winter coats and dresses. They favoured screen-printed rayons and silks for summer day wear and shot organza for cocktail and evening dresses. Ascher broke into Paris couture in the late 1940s, establishing an office in that city.

Physical description

Sample card of woven chenille dress fabric.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1959 (designed and made)


Ascher Ltd (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Woven chenille

Marks and inscriptions

The page of the sample book is printed with the name of the firm and its addresses


Width: 32 cm, Length: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Sample card of woven chenille dress fabric 'Mancha', made for Ascher Ltd., Great Britain, 1959

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Miller, Lesley Ellis. 'Perfect Harmony' In: Wilcox Claire, ed. The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957. London: V&A Publishing, 2007, p. 125.

Production Note

Attribution note: A fairly exclusive fabric, launched through couture but then sold wholesale






Textiles; Fashion; Clothing

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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