Similar to my “Mandalay” fabric by Irish textiles firm Moygashel Fabric, this is the same figure motif but much earlier (1960s), smaller, and with different pattern surrounds (both are taken from ancient extant Chinese designs).
This one is a multi-colored unglazed chintz in rich jewel tones with its vertical motif columns set off on each side by richly detailed borders featuring scallops, tiles, and bees, rabbits, geese, and butterflies.
FIBER: 100% lighter Mid Weight upholstery grade cotton-linen. Exquisite hand to the superior weaving of this fabric.
This chinoiserie pattern was likely taken from older extant examples rather than being created afresh in the 1980s when the fabric was printed. The solitary motifs include a man serenading on guitar, a woman dancing in the meadow, a bird on a perch, and a dog standing guard, while ribboning throughout in sinewy vertical stripes are bunnies, butterflies, bees, and flowers. A classic chinoiserie perfect for grandmillennial and traditional projects.
USES: Re-upholster some dining room chairs, make pillows, or you could also use this to make a fun and unique Qipao dress — a cheongsam or a Mandarin — not in silk but in laid-back linen-cotton.
COLORS: The natural background is definitely off-white with colors of damask gold, cranberry, garnet, sapphire, deep brown.
SIZE: 42.5″ wide x up to 3 yards long.
AVAILABILITY: There are three yards available. So while there are various ordering options in the drop down, please keep in mind those are just to make checking out easy — there are still only 4 total yards available. There is a discount for buying the four yards at once. Any fewer yards will be cut as a continuous piece unless otherwise requested.
CONDITION: Excellent — it may appear that there is “bleeding” around areas of the red application. I believe that, since this is throughout the piece, it was simply part of the hand-printing process and not a flaw but rather a feature showing it’s handmade quality.
MAKER: Established in 1795, Moygashel Linens are produced in Moygashel, County Tyrone, Ireland, part of the larger concentration of Ulster Weavers in the area, and specifically under that brand today.