In the 19th Century, many reds, pinks, rusts, browns and purple dyes came from the root of the madder plant. Madder-dyed cotton required mordants, especially alum and iron, and they were applied with a carved wood block or engraved cylinder. The fabric dried for a few days, setting the mordant for good bonding later. Mordants were also used to change the color of a dye. The amount of mordant used, or combinations of them, produced different colors when mixed with madder in the bath. The Rebecca’s Madders collection is based on an antique quilt and quilt top from the private collections of Alexandra Schweitzer and Carrie Quinn, respectively. Both items have been certified and appraised as authentic pieces with fabrics ranging from 1860 – 1880.
7615-4, 7615-7, 7615-14, 7616-7, 7616-8, 7616-14, 7617-3, 7617-4, 7617-7, 7618-7, 7618-8, 7618-14, 7619-7, 7619-8, 7619-14, 7620-7, 7620-14, 7620-18, 7621-4, 7621-14, 7622-2, 7622-3, 7622-8