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Italian brocade, griffins at fountains, gold on green

Reference : 103-02-1005

Reproduction of a historical fabric from 14th century Italy in natural silk and rayon with gold lurex thread.

More details

  • Colour : _ 205 - Chartreuse
  • Drape : stiff
  • Fiber Content : 50% silk, 50% rayon
  • Period : 14th century
  • Weave : Jacquard
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : 280 g/m2
  • Width : 75 cm ± 5 cm / 30 in ± 2 in
  • Availability: This product is no longer in stock

$ 35.08 / m ( $ 28.99 / m without VAT )

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  • more than 10 m (-5%)
  • more than 20 m (-10%)

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This medieval Italian brocade comes to life in an elegant reproduction in gold thread on an emerald green field. A pair of griffins – mythical beasts with the body of a lion and the head, wings, and talons of an eagle – are depicted standing segreant (on hind legs, with their forelegs and wings raised) at a fountain beneath twisting grape vines. The scene is crowned by an unknown bird, perhaps a swan or a heron.

While mythical creatures and grape leaves are common elements in medieval textiles, inspired by Chinese silk production, the vertical structure of the fountain motif is more typical of porcelain decoration (e.g., the blue and white porcelain   of the Ming dynasty).

The original fabric sample upon which this reproduction is based is held at the Cooper Hewitt in New York.

This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a pure silk warp and a weft of rayon and lurex.  Premium material makes this brocade very sturdy, yet soft, gentle to the touch, and breathable. Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.

We recommend lining this brocade with a natural material such as silk or fine linen.

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Care: We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. Iron on the back side on a synthetic setting.

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