This piece has the WOW factor in spades! “Tropical Bird” 05836, by Bailey & Griffin, 1974.
A heavyweight linen/cotton blend with the surface texture of a thick old school tea towel or a more refined version of burlap. A large bird (15″ from beak tip to tail tip and 5″ across at the widest part of his torso), richly plummaged and lord of all he surveys, sits on the branch of a tropical tree exalting in his domain. Gorgeous tropical flowers provide a riot of color to compliment the bird.
Made in England.
COLORS: Simply unbelievably gorgeous! The bird is a deep sapphire blue with chartreuse, plum, cranberry, salmon, and mint feathers and a butternut beak and feet with pink and plum accents. The background of the whole piece is sky blue. The flowers and foliage are cranberry, pink, white, sapphire, russet, butternut, saffron, forest green, avocado, and chartreuse.
MAKERS: Bailey & Griffin was founded in 1923 as an importer of textile designs coming from the UK firm Arthur H. Lee & Co., but by the mid 60s was sourcing raw textiles and designing their own line of traditionally inspired prints, all handprinted! Like so many other fabric houses there were plenty of mergers with the B&G archive ultimately ending up in the Duralee family of fabrics.
Sample Size: 26.5″ wide + 1″ right hand selvedge x 44.25″ long. The smallest flowers are 2″ x 2″ and range up to 5″ x 6″ with differing sizes in between. Most are 4″ x 4″
What Can You Make With This? A pillow, Roman shade for a small sized window, piecing for quilts, piecing for fashion accessories, more. Large enough to cover a small-med dining room chair, lamp shade, a couple of message boards, or for the back (or other part) of a chair or settee when a different fabric is used on other parts of the piece, such as this designer is doing: https://w9yards.com/custom-chairs/
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.