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Colour Chemistry Sample Boards


Sundour machine prints, 1933

The Colour Chemistry sample boards are predominantly a collection of annotated mounted textiles from the 1920s and 1930s thought to have been displayed in the Department of Colour Chemistry and Dyeing. The samples are of both natural and synthetic textiles, and in many cases illustrate techniques of dyeing and finishing. The collection includes samples from Courtaulds Ltd., Sundour, Edinburgh Weavers, Lancashire Fabrics and T.Cross & Co. Examples cover silk, linen, wool, jute, fur, rubberproofing, artificial silks, satins, damasks, tapestries, towelling, gaberdines, cambrics, velours, georgette, poplin, crepes, alizarin and indigo prints, and handweaving. Fabrics for purpose include tennis ball covers, billiard cloth, bed linen, shirting, lingerie, blanketing, army cloth, bookcloth and bunting. There are also 15 mounts of photomicrographs from the same period showing lengths and cross-sections of natural and synthetic fibres.

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