chintz children’s wear

Look at the patterns of these baby clothes, aren’t they cute? It is hard to believe that they were made over two centuries ago.

In the 17th century the technique of printing patterns on fabrics was practised, but only on wool and linen. However, the ink had an unpleasant smell, became brittle and crumbled.

Kinderkleding van sits, Friesland, 18de eeuw

Chintz children’s wear, Friesland, 18th century

So when the Dutch East India Company brought home colourful chintz from India, it soon became a popular commodity in Europe. Chintz, a type of paint-decorated shiny cotton, is pliable and easily washable and therefore an excellent material for baby clothes. The people of Hindeloopen were especially attracted by the lively coloured patterns.