Anyone who looks closely at quilts of the 1945-1970 period
finds glimpses of Paris, Mexico, Hawaii and Holland in the prints
on the theme of international travel.
Fifties Feedsack celebrating transportation.
Architecture around the world
Novelty print for a skirt
France was a favorite theme
As were tropical islands
and "primitive cultures..."
Many attribute the craze for foreign cliches in prints
to the returning WWII vets who brought Hawaiian shirts
Which trickled down to feedsack prints
and rayon dress prints.
Venice in border prints for skirts
Parisian train stations
Feedsack with European houses
It's one thing to celebrate the architecture and landscape but
designers of the times seem compelled to include cliched
representations of the population.
Monterey Mexican prints were extremely popular for kitchen textiles.
And the Dutch children were everywhere.
Better to stick with dogs than human stereotypes.