A couple of weeks ago at knitting club my lovely friend rummaged in her knitting bag and produced this leaflet for me. It was such a great find on her part and kind of her to give it to me. It is a concertina folded leaflet showing a range of Grafton fashion fabrics, made up in the styles of the day.
|Grafton Somakan - a 'soft, gleaming acetate rayon that|
looks and feels like fine silk crepe'.
|Grafton Range 3 - 'gay separates for leisure wear,|
with the emphasis on leisure! Cotton skirt print.'
|Grafton Range 16 - 'casual sophistication is the theme of|
this distinctive stripe design in rich, glowing colours.
screen printed poplin.
|Grafton Range 19 - 'for elegant town wear, a geometric one|
colour design styled in a high necked dress with three
quarter sleeves and a detachable over skirt.
|Grafton Barcarolle - 'novelty basket weave 'Minimiron' |
cotton in many plain colours, guaranteed fast'.
|Grafton Range 2 - 'beguiling young dress with the cool|
look of summer enchantment. Range 2 cotton in a print
of delicate shaded flower heads against a darker trellis
of leaves on white ground'.
|Grafton Range 5 - 'charming 'young miss' dress with|
trimmed cross-over back and big patch pockets. Any little
girl would be enchanted with the nautical design of brightly
coloured fishes and mothers will like the hard wearing
F.W.Grafton & Co Ltd were based at 65 Oxford Street in Manchester and was first started as a calico printing business at different premises in 1856. They then expanded into other fabric types. I have struggled to find out much about the company but I have found examples of their furnishing fabrics here and here.