Printed Textiles

Printed, painted and resist-dyed textiles

We hold the major collection and archive of Phyllis Barron (1890-1964) and Dorothy Larcher (1884-1952), two of the leading hand-blockprinters of textiles working in Britain in the 1920s and '30s. The furnishing and dress materials which this unique partnership produced first in London and then in the Cotswolds are noted for their innovative designs printed in subtle colours on quality materials.


Also included in the printed textiles collection are pieces by Enid Marx, designer of posters for the London Underground, book illustrator and author of several books, Joyce Clissold of the Footprints workshop and Barron and Larcher's protégé Susan Bosence whose beautiful resist patterns helped to carry forward the ethos of their work into the later decades of the 20th century. The following are a selection of makers represented in the collection.

Pioneers and their practice: printed textiles
by Margot Coatts

Hand-blockprinted Textiles: Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher
by Barley Roscoe

Modern Misses: English Ladies, Barron & Larcher presentation and script
by Jean Vacher, Collections Manager