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Petticoat panel with Chinoiserie Motifs

England (c. 1700)

Linen Embroidered with Silk, 92.7 × 135.9 × 7.6 cm.

By the late seventeenth century the appeal of Far Eastern goods had reached most levels of English society. Those who could not afford luxurious imports could turn to domestically produced options. In 1688 A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing by John Stalker and George Parker was published in London. The popular how-to guide includes twenty-four chinoiserie illustrations for decorating a variety of objects with an Asian flair. This embroidered panel is one of several English examples from the period stitched with such designs. Included are well-known motifs such as a fan-toting woman shaded by an attendant’s parasol and tiny pavilions dwarfed by oversized foliage. Despite the typical lack of cultural and geographic specificity, Europeans would have understood the images to symbolize the Far East.

-The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chinoiserie

Orientalism

We are branching out a bit from soap to bring you a selection of hand sewn botanically themed accessories. The first in the line are these lined zipper pouches. Each pouch is 6"x7.6". They’re versatile and made of linen-cotton canvas with cotton lining. Great for carrying pencils, makeup, coins, sunglasses, and many other things. Find them on our website and in-store.

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hand-marbled silk ribbon, 5-pattern variety pack by natalieasis

floating pigments create this marbled look on natalieasis’ silk dupioni ribbons, which are really remnants of larger fabric pieces — i love that the edges are upcycled into gift wrap or hair ribbons rather than being wasted or tossed. such fun colors!