A S. M. Hexter Company medium weight broadcloth cotton from the 1970s depicting ships sailing on wild black seas. Clearly with the name “Negara,” and its batik-like design sensibility (it’s actually a screen print), this piece is in homage to Indonesia. Yet at the same time, with a little imagination this could also be seen as a somewhat stylized ancient Nordic ship.
There is one full ship motif to work with and its about 20″ high by 26″ wide. The other two ships are nearly full (just a small amount cut off on the top of one and the bottom of the other), and could easily be worked into quilt, framing, pillows, or other applications where the full ship wasn’t necessarily needed.
SIZE: 54″ wide x 44″ long
COLORS: Black, milk chocolate, butternut skin, white, and russet.
What Can You Make With This? A pillow, Roman shade for a small window, backgrounds for message boards, and more. Large enough to cover the seat of a small dining room chair, or for part of a chair or settee when a different fabric is used on other parts of the piece, such as this designer is doing: https://w9yards.com/custom-chairs/
Maker: S. M. Hexter Company was founded in Columbus, Ohio likely in the early 20th century but possibly having grown out of other textile and clothier businesses by earlier members of the Hexter family. While little is available online about this company, it’s clear that they had a strong influence in the high-end 20th century American upholstery textiles market though they weren’t without controversy, having been challenged in court over allegations of unfair business practices. Sever S. M. Hexter Company pieces were in former exhibits/permanent collections at MoMa and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
SUSTAINABILITY: ALL my packaging except tape is 100% re-used. Your invoice is available digitally in your account. I source vintage items and resources either as they are, or to upcycle into new products, giving them a new life. This reduces demand on current resources, preserves history, and keeps valuable items out of the landfill, all of which asks just a little bit less out of our ever-giving Mother Earth. Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, which is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.
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