ORIGAMI
September 2016

For September 2016, Richard Smith has looked at the rich textile heritage of Japan. Obi, the sash used in traditional dress, often has an element of “mix and match”. Origami suggests a layering of elements through folding. The combination of these two captures the spirit of this exciting new collection.

   
OBI DECORATIVE FABRICS  
   
OBI
2193/01 – 03
100% Linen
3 colorways
Width 137 cm

Small scale patterns are often used for obi, which are often a very conspicuous accessory in contemporary Japanese dress. We have reworked a traditional brick design, arranging the motifs into stripes of shifting colours. Printed on 100% linen the three colourways can be used for both curtailing and upholstery.
   
KATAZOME
2194/01 – 02
100% Linen
2 colourways
Width 137 cm

A dynamic patchwork of stencilled patterns, Katazome is named for the resist dyed technique from Japan. There is the original indigo colourway combining the whole variance of different blues from this natural dye. The second colourway references the serenity of celadon porcelain.
   
WATER GARDEN
2195/01 - 03
100% Linen
3 colorways
Width 137 cm

There are endless versions of similarly themed lacquer screens in monographs and museums around the world, all of which have lent inspiration to this striking design. The abundance of colourful irises are punctuated by a counter-directional walkway and the soft rippling water beyond, giving a crisp, graphic edge.
   
NISHIKI
2191/01 – 03
65% Rayon - 35% Ramie
3 colorways
Martindale 42,000 rubs
Width 137 cm

Multi coloured woodblock printing was invented in Japan in the 1760s, and our new fabric has the same spirit as these art works. The chunky ground cloth further enhances the hand made aesthetic. There are three colourways: yellow with blue; a pretty duck egg with pink and soft red; Terracotta combined with rich neutrals
   

OGAKI
2197/01 – 02
40% Linen - 30% Cotton
18% Acrylic - 12% Viscose
2 colorways
Width 145 cm

A contrast of mat and shiny yarns are enhanced by the crafted stitch work in this new embroidery. The ribbons of geometric shapes work stylishly against the linen ground for each of the two colourways, and work particularly well gathered.

   
SHOJI
2192/01 – 03
100% Linen
3 colourways
Width 137 cm

Named for the washi paper doors and windows of traditional Japanese architec-ture. The translucent effect of the squares in this design come from the original watercolour artwork. Printed on 100% white linen in three colourways: a saturated saffron yellow, and two ethereal neutrals, moonstone and wheat.
   
ORIGAMI WEAVES  
   
ORIGAMI
2198/01 – 03
62% Viscose - 17% Cotton
13% Polyester - 8% Linen
3 colourways
Martindale 34,000 rubs
Width 135 cm

As the name suggests, a complex arrangement of geometric forms is depicted in different yarns. The three coloured nature of the design, good durability and the pleasing scale make it eminently useable for furniture.
   
RICE STITCH
2199/01 – 08
75% Cotton - 15% Viscose - 10% Linen
8 colorways
Martindale 35,000 rubs
Width 140 cm

A favourite embroidery stitch technique has been reinterpreted as a woven fabric. “Grains” of polished yarn sit against the mat ground giving a three dimensional effect. With excellent wearability and an inspiring colour palette, “rice stitch” is bound to become a classic.
   
TAU
2200/01 – 06
65% Cotton - 20% Acrylic
10% Polyester - 5% Linen
6 colourways
Martindale 35,000 rubs
Width 140 cm

The natural look of this weighty twill weave contrasts beautifully against the complex nature of the other prints and wovens in this season’s collection. It’s scale and sophisticated mix of yarns make it suitable for both country and more contemporary furniture.
   
 
 
 
 
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