50th Anniversary Collection - March
14th March 2022
March 2022 – Atlantic Stripe and Ocean Ikat
Welcoming the awakening of Spring. we cast our minds back to 2001 and our iconic Ocean Collection. The eclectic designs within Ocean brought the Ikat technique back to the forefront of fashion at the turn of the century, celebrating an age-old technique of patterning cloth, using techniques of tying or binding threads, which are subsequently dyed, prior to weaving. The practice required skill and precision, yet the result offered delicately organic and blurred patterning, beautiful in its imperfection. Patterning often seen in fashion and interiors, Ikat designs provided a watery, floaty feel.
The original Pacific design from Ocean was inspired by the traditional Ikat motifs. A three-colour design, Pacific was produced using meticulous hand and digital separation techniques, to keep the feathered edges and retain a woven appearance. The design was originally printed onto cotton/ linen fabric using the flatbed printing machines in our factory in the early part of the millennium.
As part of our Anniversary celebration, Ocean Ikat is a modern evolution of the Pacific design. Using inspiration from the original artwork, the modern version takes the traditional Ikat motifs and amplifies the artisanal feel.
Atlantic Stripe has been inspired by the original design, Atlantic, from Ocean. An Ikat striped design, Atlantic was originally produced using flatbed production techniques and pigment inks. Emanating a traditional woven crafted stripe, the original artwork has been separated digitally to reveal the subtleties and fine details of the Ikat process.
The modern digital printing process allows for more of the integrity of the artisan Ikat technique to remain, celebrating the original, hand-made process.
Ocean Ikat and Atlantic Stripe are being added to our 50th anniversary collection in March and being sampled on our exquisite velvet base-cloth, Beau and linen look, Turin, but will be available across our full base-cloth offer.
Both designs are being offered in 2 colourways for immediate order. For alternative colourways, in-line with minimum order requirements, our design team will be able to help.