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  • Caroline L

    I really like the floral print on this 1840s dress. I also like the decoration.

  • Caroline London

    This 1830s day dress is made of challis printed with a realistic design of wild strawberries, bamboo, pinks and anemones. In the nineteenth century a fascination with flowers in printed textile design was nothing new, but during the 1830s it received a new impetus. Technical improvements to the printing process and advances in dye chemistry meant that floral prints could be mass-produced at low prices, and the repeal of excise duty on printed textiles in 1831 helped to reduce costs.

  • Aislyn Madden

    1840 Dresses | Revisiting The Romantic Era: 1837-1840 Printed Challis Dress

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