Colour and Ornamentation

Colour and Ornamentation

I’ve chosen a couple of lovely chapters from this book called The Heritage of Dress, by Wilfred Webb. The first is on colour, and describes some cultural aspects of colour. The second is about ornamentation and the author writes about the genesis of bodily ornamentation.

This text was found in the Human Ecology Collection of the University of Wisconsin Digital Archives. It is an excellent collection of turn-of-the-century journals and books. Some of the ideas about dress may seem outdated, but the concepts and techniques outlined in these books are worth learning and applying.


Webb, Wilfred Mark, 1868- / The heritage of dress: being notes on the history and evolution of clothes