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Antique Beaded Coin-Purse (France, 1827)

The Museum of Bags and Purse: Tassenmuseum Hendrikje This beaded coin-purse (France, 1827) shows the arrival of Zarafa, the first giraffe to set hoof on French soil. Mehmet Ali Pasha, the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt sent this lovely lady giraffe to Charles X of France in 1826, and she resided in Paris until her death in 1844.

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Très Sportif Fabric at Britex – Including Water Repellent Fabrics!

Some of us at Britex are très sportif, and some of us are not, but all of us are shivering and damp with the latest spate of winter rain. We can recite “Rain rain go away, Come again another day” all we like, but we might as well resign ourselves to paddling away like little soaking wet, fashionable ducks! Britex Fabrics can help though; we carry a range of outdoor wear fabrics. Here is a pair of elastic waist coated cotton, water repellent pants that Secretary made to keep her toasty and dry (notice the charming waistband lining detailing.) And here is a list of sportif fabrics, along with their properties, that can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.

  • Polartec fleece (for very cold weather)
  • Windpro fleece (for very windy cold weather)
  • Microfleece (for underlayers or moderate weather)
  • Coated Rip-stop (water proof)
  • Waterproof Polartec Windblock (3 in one)
  • Stretch Windblock soft shell (great for activities with a lot of movement like rock climbing)
  • 1000 denier Cordura – DWR coated (DWR – Durable Water Repellent)
  • Neoprene in 2.0 and 3.0 mm (for wetsuits)
  • Wikaway pique and other light weight knits

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Exhibit: Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali

Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali – February 5, 2010—May 2, 2010, The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103. Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali gives long overdue recognition to contemporary Malian fabric artisans and highlights the enduring significance of textiles as a major form of aesthetic in Mali. Featuring works beyond the mudcloth tradition, this exhibition seeks to showcase contemporary styles and techniques which have yet to be shown in the US. With superb examples of dress, and accompanying photographs, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali will document hand-dyed as well as factory-printed cloth. Social issues such as empowerment of women, the status of dress, women’s identity, and current trends in fabric design will be explored.
Due to the expository role of cloth in daily life, both hand-dyed and factory printed kinds of popular fabrics reveal current and constantly evolving cultural trends. The pictorial nature of the prints allows the wearer to express unique and equally critical messages, such as political attitudes, educational institutions and affiliations, or social views, and public health concerns. Although the shapes of the garments remain fairly constant, the colors, patterns, designs and messages of the cloth are constantly transforming. In addition to the cloth and clothing, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali showcases other forms of traditional art and craft from Mali, such as wooden puppets, and the life-sized masked and costumed figures called “marionettes” which act out village legends. Unusual calabashes and baskets are also included to show the wide variety of Malian craft and folk art.

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Voices in Cloth: East Bay Heritage Quilters – April 10 & April 11, 2010

Voices in Cloth: East Bay Heritage Quilters, April 10 — April 11, 2010 – Oakland Convention Center, Saturday: 10-5 and Sunday: 10-4. The East Bay Heritage Quilters present the 2010 bi-annual Voices in Cloth “Extraordinary Quilt Show”. There will be over 200 quilts by EBHQ members, wearable art, quilting demonstrations, great vendors, a silent auction of quilts and garments. The Voices in Cloth show is a large, non-juried display of EBHQ members’ quilts. EBHQ members participate – from the nationally famous to the individual quilter who may never have exhibited. This show raises money for the EBHQ monthly guest speaker, activities such as the Children’s Quilts project, and grants to support education outreach activities.

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Red and White Shirtwaist Dress by Zoe

This charming red and white shirtwaist frock with its pleated skirt and pearl buttons was made by Zoe. Zoe made this dress with cotton from Britex Fabric’s second floor, and she used vintage Simplicity pattern 2444, circa 1958. She altered the sleeves and hem, by raising them slightly. She has accessorized her outfit with a narrow white belt and pearl necklace. Zoe is a history student at San Francisco State University, and has been sewing for (only) six months!

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Sale — Buttons and Fabric and Yarn, oh my!

Britex Sale – Folks have been asking if yarn and buttons are on sale, and yes they are!
Monday, February 15th and Tuesday the 16th
30% Off* All Fabrics ~ All Notions ~ All Remnants
*Sale limited to stock on floor
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included
*No special orders, phone or mail orders

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Flying Geese Wall Hanging by Melody

Quilter and Britex worker, Melody, made this Amish quilt wall hanging just in time for the De Young exhibit, Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. The pattern is Flying Geese, with feather design quilting, and made of Britex Fabrics Japanese ombre cottons. Currently it is being displayed at Britex. Coming soon: Melody is working on an Instructable in how to make a Flying Geese wall hanging!

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Vogue Pattern Wool Jackets – Lois and Gloria

Lois and Gloria are loyal and long-time Britex Fabrics customers, who have been shopping together since the early 1960’s! Lois made her stripped jacket from Vogue Very Easy pattern #8263, a lovely style with a curved front seam detail. Gloria also used a Vogue pattern for her jacket, remodeling it with a horizontal stripped front band. Lois and Gloria also made their beautifully sewn lined slacks. Douglas assisted them, and all fabrics were bought on Britex’s first floor.

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Antique Valentine’s Day Lacework: The Arnaldo Caprai Virtual Museum of Textile Arts

Antique Valentine’s day lacework from Arnaldo Caprai Gruppo Tessile Spa: this embroidered white linen cloth worked with punto antico and punto riccio, decorated with needle lace settings worked with punto in aria and reticello. The needle lace edging trims the entire perimeter and it is decorated by a chessboard pattern. The square lace insertions reflects 16th century patterns, while the embroidery of the cloth can be dated to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the following century. Among the designs are: a Cupid with a lance, a two-headed eagle, the bride and groom in the house, a fountain, a four-legged animal, a man among some animals, a woman between columns, a pelican (symbol of the Redemption). The setting that creates the internal frame shows a zoomorphic pattern with stylized bird with displayed wings, alternated with squares with geometric motives. Made in Italy between 1580 and 1600.

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BRITEX FABRICS SPRING SALE

Mon., Feb. 15th, 10am – 7pm & Tue., Feb. 16th, 10am – 6pm

30% Off*

All Fabrics ~ All Notions ~ All Remnants

*Sale limited to stock on floor
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included
*No special orders, phone or mail orders

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