Time flies when you’re having fun and I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve written a Fabric Friday post. So here it goes! Today it’s all about a classic beauty – the Toile-de-Jouy. ¨Most commonly referred to as Toile, this fabric has a delicate decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting fairly complex scenes, generally of a pastoral theme, a couple having picnic, or an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion usually consists of a single color, such as dark red, black, but sometimes blues, greens and yellows.¨(Wikipedia)
Originally produced in Ireland in the mid 18th-century, the pattern gained popularity throughout Britain and France. Actually the term Toile-de-Jouy originated in France and literally means ¨cloth from Jouy-de-Josas¨, a Parisian suburb. Although toile has been produced continuously during the last two centuries, its popularity spiked up again around the year 2000. It is most commonly used for home decor fabrics (upholstery, window treatments, etc) but toile wallpaper is quite common as well. Also, certain garments have been fashioned using toile.
That’s it for this week, have a great weekend! And don’t forget to stay cool!