Today I cleared the store out, ready for next week's big clearance sale here in Bradford on Avon, at the Church Hall, July 1st.2nd Fri.Sat., and found three neglected Kelsches hiding there. A few weeks ago I advertised some newly acquired ones (I cannot resist them!) and they flew out to keen buyers see BLOG - CHECK IT OUT and KELSCHES IN QUANTITY, now all sold out!
|Cotton check Kelsch 4'7 X 5'5"<><><><><><><> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>|
|Pair of Trad. damask weave Kelsches initials C.P.|
Historically there is still a strong German influence and I think it comes out in their designs, and they have a little girl figure called Hansi in their very traditional costume with a strange black hat, who is often depicted on ribbons, table cloths, china etc., all highly collectable.
I was so interested to read some more info. on Kelsches in a very good article in "Selvedge" magazine today - I didn't know that they only used red and blue and natural white linen and hemp and the name Kelsch was a corruption of the word Kolnisch Blau after the town of Cologne where woad was produced near the river Rhine. A Monsieur Gander has done a lot to revive the weaving of Kelsches; his family of weavers go back to the 17th. Century in Alsace . see http://www.tissage-gander.fr/