Designed by Sharon Evans Yenter
#236788 - #236783 are liscensed designs from the Musee de L'Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse, France. (The French Textile Museum)
This early to mid 19th century French reproduction fabric collection includes detailed designs from Jean-Michael Haussmann, the first cloth printer in the Alsace region to master the dyes required to produce these beautifully colored fabrics. These French Provincial style Bonnes Herbes or "fine grasses" designs were inspired by the local flora of herbs, fruits, and vines and first appeared in the Oberkampf textile mill at Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles, in the late 18th century. These carefully drawn designs, though stylized, appealed to urban women with their new found taste for the beauties of nature. This made them very popular throughout Alsace and the whole of Europe, especially big cities like Marseille and Paris.