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Furnishing fabric - Marimba

Marimba

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Carlisle (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1950s to 1960s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Lee Courtaulds

  • Museum number:

    T.14:1, 2-2009

  • 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.

Place of Origin

Carlisle (manufactured)

Date

1950s to 1960s (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed

Marks and inscriptions

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Object history note

From Courtaulds Design Library, group C2
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; Edinburgh Weavers, "Marimba", large abstract on white ground.

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Textiles; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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