Crysede Ltd – hand block printed fine fabrics.

Found a case of clothes and textiles in the Penlee House museum, Penzance from a long gone business set up locally in 1920 by a Yorkshire textile manufacturer called Alec Walker.  He was an amateur painter, and was encouraged by his friends, the Procters and the Harveys – painters of Newlyn, to use his art as the basis of hand block printed silk.  The image here was taken through the glass case, which spoils it a bit.  The background is a patchwork piece, using his fabrics.  When the factory shut in 1939 (the war, no doubt) it employed over 100 people.

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