The Soviets used many methods to spread their vision of communism: movies, art, science fiction novels . . . and even textile patterns. These gorgeous textiles, created in the 1920s, show how the communist ideal was woven into the fabric of everyday life in Russia during the early days of the Revolution.
This dress fabric called ‘Matelot’ was manufactured by the Calico Printers’ Association (Manchester) in 1934. The dynamic sailor and seagull motifs and striking colouring are similar to post-Revolutionary Soviet ‘thematic’ designs. These promoted approved work and sporting activities.