20 Jan 2015 | From Leighton of China
Calico is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton. The fabric is less coarse and thicker than canvas or denim, but owing to its unfinished and undyed appearance, it is still very cheap. The raw fabric was dyed and printed in bright hues and calico prints became popular in Europe.
The blue calico refers to the deep cobalt blue pattern mostly found in cloth, china, and porcelain. This pattern was derived from early Victorian patterns which had their roots in Chinese porcelain, representing the spring with fallen prunus blossom onto cracked ice.