Dug this legend to the baffling pictographs on clothing care labels recently posted by TechnicallyRon, and related commentary on why pictographs often fall short by Thomas Byttebier. When I’m thrown off by fabric care symbols, I refer to this 90s-throwback site from Textile Industry Affairs.
Yvonne Clarinval, textile design “Le Feu”, presented at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 1925. Made by Tassinari & Chatel, Lyon. Via CooperHewitt
This fabric is one in a series which represents the four elements earth, water, air and fire – a popular theme throughout the history of decorative arts. Added is here the salamander, for centuries in France this animal was associated with courage and thriving.