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Dress fabric - Surfers


  • Object:

    Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Manchester (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calico Printers' Association (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Roller-printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Manchester Design Registry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress fabric, entitled ‘Surfers’, was manufactured by the Calico Printers’ Association in 1937. The dynamic composition shows women surfing on lilos. They wear fashionable bathing costumes in highly contrasting red, white and navy.

Physical description

Dress fabric of roller-printed cotton. Bathers surfing on lilos in white, navy and green on a bright red ground.

Place of Origin

Manchester (made)


1937 (made)


Calico Printers' Association (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Roller-printed cotton


Length: 75 cm, Width: 65 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1974/3231.
Registration number 372726.

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of roller-printed cotton 'Surfers', made by Calico Printers' Association, Manchester, 1937

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

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London: V&A Publications, 2003, Pl. 92.


Cotton (textile)


Roller printed

Subjects depicted

Women; Bathing


Fashion; Black History; Textiles; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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