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NEW ZEALAND FLAX CLOAKS IN THE 1770s – Observations by Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander et al.

The botanist and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) belonged to a group of well-known British individuals of the late 18th and early 19th century. His travel journal from James Cook’s first voyage has been published in full, he was portrayed numerous times and was a long-lived president of the Royal Society. Diverse correspondence has been preserved...

June 18, 2018
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CARL LINNAEUS’ TEXTILE OBSERVATIONS IN MALMÖ 1749

The tour of Skåne (Skånska resan), lasting April to August in 1749 was to be the final provincial tour of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus. He continued to pay attention to dye-plants and even speculated on new species that had been less tested, but may be useful for durable colours on yarn and cloth. Just as on his tour of Västergötland three years earlier, Linnaeus encountered even here an important wool establishment; the clothing manufacturers...

March 7, 2018
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FEATHERS AND CLOTHING – OBSERVATIONS BY 18TH CENTURY NATURALISTS

The mentioning of feathers was quite common in 18th century journals and diaries by Carl Linnaeus’ so-called seventeen Apostles. They travelled to more than fifty countries from 1745 to 1799 and included notes of feathers due to determination of bird species, quills for pens, its usefulness for featherbeds, camels adorned with ostrich feathers, mourning ceremonies, trade purposes etc – as well as for decoration in clothing, which this study will look closer at. However, such observations...

January 1, 2018
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18TH CENTURY HANDKERCHIEFS – THE SWEDISH EAST INDIA COMPANY TRADE

The aim with this study is to focus on a small branch of the Swedish East India Company’s dealing in fabrics used for handkerchiefs. Observations from my earlier research related to Carl Linnaeus and his “Apostles”, a hand-written Swedish account book from one of the Company’s ships and preserved pieces of cloth will give some evidence for such goods. 18th century handkerchiefs seem overall to have been an accessory that was worn out...

May 17, 2017
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PEHR KALM’S TEXTILE OBSERVATIONS IN LONDON AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES 1748

His observations foremost included: trade with textiles, natural dyeing of yarn and fabric, textile materials, spinning and weaving, textiles for interior use and bed linen, fashion and personal travel clothes...

January 17, 2014
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ANDERS SPARRMAN’S OBSERVATIONS OF TAPA CLOTH

Sample books including tapa cloth, originating from the three circumnavigations of Captain James Cook – 1768 to 1779 – are today spread around the world...

July 7, 2013