A calico fabric is made from cotton and has a tiny print on it. In the 60’s and 70’s this was quite popular. Often it was the only printed cotton available to quilters at that time.
Calico prints are small scale designs on 100% cotton fabric popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These were often used in quilts prior to the “quilting revival” of the late 1900’s. The quilting revival pushed fabric companies to offer more fabric design choices in 100% cotton and the use of calico fabric declined.
Learn about calico fabrics in this video.
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TRANSCRIPT: Calico Fabrics; Encyclopedia
When quilters talk about calico prints, they’re usually referring to a hundred percent cotton fabric with a small, floral print on it. The word calico, however, comes from calcutta, in India. And it generally referred to any fabric that was a hundred percent cotton with floral prints on it.