Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
325 Francis Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States 325 Francis Street Williamsburg 23185


  • Adult Single-Day Ticket: $12.99
  • Free with Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket: $0.00
  • Youth Single Day Ticket (6-12): $6.49

Colonial Williamsburg has not previously showcased its superlative collection of printed textiles that range in date from the late 17th century into the 19th century. With their stunning designs and bright colors, the objects in this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes. Printed fabrics were used to make fashionable clothing and to upholster home furnishings. While visually arresting, printed textiles also had economic importance as trade goods and as examples of technological advances. A variety of techniques were used to create innumerable patterns. Fabrics were resist printed, block printed, copperplate printed and roller printed.