Vintage fabric find: Birds and blossoms
It can be ‘pot luck’ when you try to hunt down vintage fabric gems over the internet – with the potential to produce good or bad results when you’re relying on often scant descriptions and a snapshot or two. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut feeling and see what happens.
This fabric was labelled as barkcloth, but is actually a raw silk or a pretty good imitation silk in immaculate condition (so I don’t mind at all) and according to the selvedge is hand-printed (always lovely to find out, given the effort involved in the hand-printing process). But aside from all of that, I was really taken with the design – the bird clinging to a branch of blossoms reminds me of the springtime and birds in our flowering gum tree. I’m thinking it would make a great feature panel on a handbag… or two.