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Furnishing Fabric Samples - John Rodriquez, Inca, circa 1960s Reg. No: HT 12384
- Furnishing fabric samples, circa 1950s. Designed by John Rodriquez, an influential Australian textile designer from the 1950s to 1970s. Screen printed by hand.
John Rodriquez would put out about three or four colour combinations of each design. He supplied sample lengths to retailers, who took orders based on the samples. John would then screen print the fabric to order.
In the early days of his business in 1954, John Rodriquez used a 36 inch wide duck fabric. He continued using this type of fabric for about two years - he was able to buy small quantities and the supply was regular. Contemporary textile designs such as Frances Burke also used this fabric. However, the duck was too stiff to hang well, and the established market overseas was for 48 inch fabrics. Around 1956 he was able to find a supply of 48 inch cotton.
- Fragment of chartreuse and mustard printed on white sailcloth/duck. It is folded mid-point, and a small off-cut is pinned to it, consisting of the same pattern but with pale green in place of mustard.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
|Dimensions:||160 mm (Width), 459 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||fabric designs, textiles, screen printing, handcrafts, furnishings|
|Themes this item is part of:||John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY|
|Artist:||John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1965-1975|
|Place & Date Made:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1965-1975|
Photocopies of old issues of Home Beautiful which display John's fabric designs have been offered by the donor.
Newspaper cuttings showing clothes made from Rodriquez-designed fabrics.