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New book - Colouring the Nation

Colouring the Nation

Have you gotten your copy yet? I was delighted to get my copy as a Christmas present. The title is "Colouring the Nation: The Turkey Red Printed Cotton Industry in Scotland c 1840 - 1940. The authors are Stana Nenadic and Sally Tuckett, and the book is published by  the National Museums of Scotland.

An excellent book with a wealth of illustrations, this book details the manufacture of turkey red cloth in Scotland, principally in the Vale of Leven near Glasgow. Although much of the red cloth was sold to the domestic market, even greater quantities were exported, and some of the prints intended for thise markets are very interesting. Some of the factory sample books have survived and are illustrated here,, but the salesmens books, often located in Manchester and elsewhere,  have not. I love red paisley cloth, and this book covers the various manufacturers, the dyeing and printing processes, and the designs and patterns, The book can be bought for under £15, from online sellers such as Amazon or Book Depository, or ordered from your local bookseller. Well worth the price and a good read if you are interested in the history of fabric.