Furnishing fabric piece, circa 1950s. Designed by John Rodriquez, an influential Australian textile designer from the 1950s to 1970s. Screen printed by hand.

In the early days of his business in 1954, John Rodriquez used a 36 inch wide duck fabric. He continued using this type of fabric for about two years - he was able to buy small quantities and the supply was regular. Contemporary textile designs such as Frances Burke also used this fabric. However, the duck was too stiff to hang well, and the established market overseas was for 48 inch fabrics. Around 1956 he was able to find a supply of 48 inch cotton.

Physical Description

Three shades of brown/beige on white sailcloth/duck. Pattern printed along centre of fabric (repeating three times, parallel with fabric), comprising organic leaf, flower and swirl shapes, traced by a mushroom-coloured background. A stip has been cut out from one end.


See Narrative 'John Rodriquez Textile Collection'.

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