Prototype Terylene Nightdress


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Prototype Terylene nightdress, made by ICI. Photographed on a grey background.
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Prototype Terylene nightdress, made by ICI.

The nightdress is one of the first garments woven by ICI from Terylene. It dates from 1948-1950 and is a prototype developed by ICI and not a commercially available item. The development of artificial fibres led to a massive change in the textiles industry globally and represents an attempt by the British Industry to diversify and remain competitive with other centres of manufacture.


Textile Industry
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overall (at hem): 1157 mm x 692 mm
width at waist: 330 mm
width at arm holes: 405 mm
collar: 455 mm
inside neck: 235 mm
arm holes: 250 mm
Pamela Cantle; Dr N J H Wallis

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