This one colour sample, ‘Primitive’, is an early design dating to around 1923. As its name suggests, it reflects an interest in primitive life and so-called primitive cultures that had influenced the art world over previous decades. Free-flowing life forms cover the fabric that can be seen as curtains in a photograph taken on Crysède premises in the late 1920s. In an article in the St Ives Times of September 12th 1923, Crysède’s designer, Alec Walker, described his inspiration for ‘Primitive’: ‘About 1923 I was very interested as a beginner in design in the paintings of Gauguin. I actually made a design from one of his drawings, I think he called it ‘Primitive’. In it out of the hands of his model, I produced the stigmata’.