Indian Influence in 1960’s Fabric Design

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In the late 1960’s and early 70’s there was a great fascination for Eastern cultures. The Beatles especially were very interested in Indian music and were influential in spreading the word widely. Music, art and fabric designed for clothing and interiors all showed this trend.

It was a fashionable, especially with the hippy movement to wear kaftans, paisley designs and batik printed clothing from India.  The style was reflect in much of the fashion of the time.


Zandra Rhodes 1969 circle dress now in the V&A museum, in an Indian influenced print.


 Mick Jagger in 1967 wearing a paisley print jacket.


Indian fabrics were also widely used in interiors, for bed spreads and curtains.


The curtains above in a fabric called ‘indian summer’ designed by Jyoti Bhomik for Heals in 1966. Jyoti Bhomik a young designer born in India worked exclusively for Heal’s during the 1960’s,  his fabric is still sought after today.




British designers of the era such as Collier Campbell also showed their interest in eastern culture in fabric designs such as ‘Zebak’ and ‘kasbah’.




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Barkcloth, Birds and Cherry Trees

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A sunny April morning in our Gloucestershire orchard. The bird cherry is full of blossom and the birds are singing, you can pick out a chiff chaff amongst others in the video below.



The fabric on the washing line is mid century barkcloth cotton, the two on the right are Heal’s ‘cherry orchard’ ( appropriately) by Irmgard Krebs and blue ‘counters’ by Richard Jarvis.


Where has the time gone? It is mid June now and the cherries are on the trees, the grass has grown lots and I have sold most of the fabric on the washing line.

I really should post more often but life has been so busy.




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Vintage Curtain Finds from 2015

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I have been looking back over the last year at the vintage curtains I have found.  Most of my treasure was from junk shops, charity shops and flea markets though some from people who got in touch via the internet. I have bought 1960’s barkcloth curtains by Heals and wonderful designers such as Collier Campbell.


Heal’s barkcloth curtains ‘garland’ by Mo Sullivan


‘kasbah’ by Collier Campbell


1960’s rayon curtains in Barbara Brown like design

There have been some  other more modern curtains from excellent Swedish designers at Ikea.


and some with unusual and interesting children’s designs


Bart Simpson playing football


Twinkletoes in pink for little girls.

I am looking forward to more treasure hunting in 2016 seeing what other fabric  I can find whether  in the form of curtains or smaller pieces.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



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Collier Campbell Designs


On my treasure hunts for vintage fabrics, among my very favourite finds are the vibrant and colourful designs by Collier Campbell who I have admired for many years.

The working design partnership of sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell started in the 1960’s producing work for Liberty, Heals, Habitat and many others. They founded their company together in 1979/80. Their painterly designs like works of art will never date, many can be found in the V&A archives.

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‘Bauhaus’ for Liberty of London,

an iconic 1972 design which I gather was inspired by the Gunta Stolzl tapestry which hangs in the Bauhaus archive in Berlin

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‘Kasak’ for Liberty, reminding me of log-cabin patchwork.

970575_630617090290169_347078010_nSusan Collier and Sarah Campbell were the first women to win the Duke of Edinburgh’s Designer Prize in 1984 for their ‘Six Views’ fabric collection  ‘Cote d’Azure’ shown above in deep colourway,  being one of them.


‘Sideshow’ designed for Heals in the 1970’s


‘Clandon’ designed for Liberty.

After Susan Collier’s  death in 2011, Sarah Campbell now works under her own name producing wonderful designs for textiles and stationery. She has a website Sarah Campbell Designs and a great blog which is regularly updated showing what a busy enthusiastic and inspiring person she is.


For further reading and exploration of  their work the book ‘The Collier Campbell Archive, 50 years of passion in pattern’ is available to buy from Amazon and any good bookshop.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



Vintage Heals Fabric from Winchester


We called in at Winchester on the way home from a short holiday by the sea recently. What an interesting place with some beautiful buildings and a long history,  …..


As always we searched the local shops for vintage fabric and came across ‘Winchester antiques centre’ in one of the back streets. We found treasure in the form of old curtains from Heals.. it had belonged to the lady who sold it to us. It was so good to talk to her and hear the history of the fabric. She had come back to live in London from America in 1958 and bought both lots of fabric from Heals store on Tottenham Court Road, London. We had a long chat about places we both knew in USA and train journeys we had made our minds up to visit New York  later this year..I have wanted to visit the Guggenheim museum for ages.

Here are the fabrics I bought..


1950’s cotton interiors fabric by Peter Hall for Heals, the design is ‘verdure’ in orange and green.

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David Whitehead cotton fabric also from the 1950’s. I think the design is by Jane Daniels, though I don’t know it’s name.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.

For the love of Barkcloth..


Cotton barkcloth fabric was very popular in the 1950’s and 60’s often produced in iconic prints by well known designers of the era such as Eames, Panton and Barbara brown. The fabric used for interiors work has a textured finish with a rough feel like the bark of a tree. Hard wearing and versatile and relatively cheap it became a great favorite with interior designers and decorators. I have been collecting and selling it for a while now and wish I had kept a record of the prints that have come and I will start now. Some is still available in my ebay shop.




‘Garland’ designed by Mo Sullivan for Heals




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 Amazing 1950’s atomic design which could be Lucienne Day or Marian Mahler.


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newly listed, kitchen design so popular in the 1950’s

IMGP1791a $_12 (2) Green leaf print from 1950’s. s David Whitehead abstract design in blues and yellow. Possibly designed by Jane Daniels. $_12 (8)1950’s orange roses on white background.. 3b7c34513971751ff7558fefaf1324c7 1950’s yellow and brown geometric design. $_12 (15) Eames like design in yellow and brown. $_12 (16) Mustard yellow and orange. $_12 (17)a typical 1960’s design in orange. $T2eC16F,!)kE9s4Z-TzWBROzCM54Ug~~60_12Blue floral circles. $T2eC16J,!zEE9s3!(HziBRiOgdJboQ~~60_12tropical flowers – a design very popular in the late 1940’s. $T2eC16JHJIkE9qU3iycSBRm0sWDW1Q~~60_12 another from the 1940’s in Jacobean print. $T2eC16RHJF0FFZ-i8hILBSRWP3JKhw~~60_12One of my favourites – by Barbara Brown for Heals, the design is ‘frequency’. 0b26d66572890a879de3f44de1d735d2another Barbara Brown design from the 1960’s. 0c3f68e7e63e562268992a8dedcc8198the use of abstract flowers and geometric shapes very common in the 1950’s. 2f36f0e02207bd1dc023f0697f82961d Another fabulous design by Nicola Wood for Heals in 1963 ‘armada’. 4c93222057a4d020aaedbc8f96e44306 f569e1981a59dcf7063c7b57fb2f9665 6c454eb6a2603b90a8f1e6dfd3d65431 7f29084fb4dcc428e6c90d5682fc5655Eames style design with blocks of colour on white. aeb7bc2096b0da50c0c5cea39bb2c495 c6fd0174cd01e3aa3b6511b242a4151d d4c66030de6953a0719c6f8a84803511 facca4514358cac80ae4c0e239749ea4‘Voyageur’ a 1950’s design from Moygashel. Looking back on these photos I wish I still had the fabric, but there would be no room to move in our house! Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.