What is Chintz?

written by Julie Talbert

Originating as hand painted or Indian wood block prints featuring botanicals and pictorial scenes, Chintz was once a favorite in European fashion, bedding, drapery and household linens. Its popularity threatened the European textile industry, therefore, the French and British Parliament imposed a ban on importing chintz from India in the 16th and 17th Century.

Known as a smooth shiny glaze, the word chintz, originates from the Hindi word “chitra ,” meaning many colored or spotted. Indian chintz was often coated with a waxy glaze and is made from a Calico, a plain woven form of unbleached cotton.

Today, Chintz patterns are no longer outlawed, and their popularity is increasing. Printed with bright colors, flora and fauna motifs are typically printed on 100% cotton. Coated with a smooth glaze it has a stiff quality designed for any modern day aristocrat.

Enjoy our Greenhouse Fabric collection of chintz for your drapery, bedding, and light weight upholstery.

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