Afwillite 8.45, Festival Pattern Group dress fabric, 1951

Made:
1951 in England
maker:
British Celanese Limited

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SM Slade| British Celanese Limited. Enquiries to Science Museum, London
SM Slade| British Celanese Limited. Enquiries to Science Museum, London

SM Slade| British Celanese Limited. Enquiries to Science Museum, London
SM Slade| British Celanese Limited. Enquiries to Science Museum, London

Sample of screen-printed spun rayon, afwillite 8.45 pattern, green, blue and yellow colourway, dress fabric, designed by S. M. Slade, manufactured by British Celanese, England. The pattern is based on Helen Megaw's electron-density contour map of afwillite. She explained that the 'peaks' with six or seven contours are calcium atoms, those with five contours are silicon, and the others are hydroxyl and water. Five yard length. Part of a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern.

Details

Category:
Experimental Chemistry
Object Number:
1976-644/25
type:
textile sample
credit:
Gift of Dr. Helen Dick Megaw