These antique striped fabrics were called Cuties, from the French, Coutil, with twill weave, either sateen or herringbone. They are 100% cotton fabrics, resistant, durable and very practical for the use for which they were created: Mattress covers.
These ticking fabrics play with the varied and vivid colors and the different width of the stripes to give the fabric uniqueness and liveliness. These tough, long-lasting fabrics are fresh, vivid, beautiful, and sometimes stunning all at the same time. The type of twill weave is used to give the fabrics a moldable quality suitable for the use they were going to have.
The word cutí comes from the French Coutil which means strong tissue. The type of twill weave (sateen or twill) makes these fabrics very resistant. Sateen woven fabrics are very conformable. The twill weave provides not only a strong texture, but a linear appearance very much in line with the colored stripes of the same fabric. Multicolored striped cuties are sometimes a somewhat thinner type of fabric than the flowery damasks. But they are no less resistant, soft or moldable for that reason.
There was a wide variety of mixes and widths of stripes. Sometimes the pattern included damask details in a stripe which gives the fabric a special touch. These beautiful fabrics combine practicality and beauty.
Our cutíes are like "fresh from the factory" with the usual sizing for finishing the fabrics. You can use these beautiful fabrics as is or wash them to remove their sizing. In this way they become softer yet always resistant.
They can be used for light upholstery, to make duvet covers, lampshades, lining boxes or albums, etc. A tablecloth made with these antique stripes will add liveliness to any table. I love using these stripes for my garden cushions. They give a touch of joy and freshness. My summer hammock reupholstered with the red and white striped fabric took on a new life.