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Being a woman in the 1800s was dangerous; but aside from the obvious (childbirth, violence, and the dark ramifications of “hysteria”), one of the more physically threatening things a woman was faced with on a daily basis was her clothing.

Scheele’s Green was heavily laden with arsenic, but created the vibrant emerald hue women coveted in their evening gowns and floral trimmings. Mourning clothes of black crape were a vital part of bereavement etiquette, yet were often dyed with a cocktail of highly poisonous chemicals that could cause skin eruptions, breathing difficulties, and even death.

Working class women often bore the brunt of fabric dying and production, which meant that if a lady wasn’t wearing the noxious garments, she very possibly could be the person making them instead. Lethal poisonings were common, and the symptoms leading to death were grisly.

Our Lutestring ribbon is intended as a playful and flamboyant pattern, but with the knowledge that beauty—while known to cause pain—can also lead to death.

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  • Pattern Repeat: 36″
  • Pattern Match:  18″ drop
  • Screen Repeat: 36″

  • Roll: 27″ wide x 15′ long
  • Sample: 9″ x 11″
  • Print: 27″ x 36″ (ideal for framing)


Grow House Grow’s wallpaper is hand silk screened with care in beautiful New York. Rolls come untrimmed and unpasted, and are both gently wipeable and strippable.  There is a two roll minimum for all orders.  Professional installation is highly recommended.

Lead time: We keep limited stock of all our wallpapers (several days to ship), and also print to order (3-4 weeks to ship).  For information on a specific lead time, contact us with your preferred pattern, colorway, and quantity.

Need help determining how much wallpaper to order?  Visit our FAQ for helpful measuring tips and install pointers.  It’s very important to ensure enough wallpaper is ordered upfront, so that all rolls are from the same dye lot.

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