Royal Albert 'Gossamer', c. 1950 ... harlequin china, well used, and with most of the gilding worn away. Bequeathed to my mother by my grandmother Eva ... one day they will come to me.
It fascinates me that fashion must follow from the availability of colouring matter. 'Blue jeans' is a corruption of bleu de Gênes, or Genoa blue, Genoa being the original home of indigo dyed denim, which was used to clothe its navy. But no amount of natural indigo cultivation could have satisfied the post war demand for blue denim jeans. Fortunate then that the production of synthetic indigo wasn't halted when patent holder BASF's managers were indicted for war crimes. BASF was part of IG Farben, the German dye and pigment industry cartel that held the patent for Zyklon B and had a controlling interest in the company that manufactured it. I wonder if you'll think about your jeans differently now?!
Do you have a cherished tea or coffee set? A penchant for pastel hues? A vintage colour story, good or bad? Do tell!
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