We’ve dug up another archive from the Art Nouveau period, this find coming from 1896. The 121-year-old fabric was created during a time when art was inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly curved lines of plants and flowers. The leafy scrolls and botanical motifs pull in natural elements, giving the fabric an organic floral look, which was very popular during the Art Nouveau movement.

This cotton fabric was most likely used for a simple day dress, which wouldn’t have been worn by society’s elite. According to our archivist, this fabric could have been ordered out of the Sears¬†catalog that was popular during this time period. The catalog featured fabric that could be ordered by mail and customers would make their own products.