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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Toiles de Jouy

For my fabric design course I have to design a Toiles de Jouy fabric. Toile de Jouy originated in France in the 1800s. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town of north-central France.

The first step in designing a classic fabric pattern is always research. While scouting for toile fabrics I also discovered I really like this style of fabric design. Here are just a few of the toiles I found--aren't they lovely?

Toiles are typically designed in white or cream colors with a classic blue, red, or black print. Toiles used to be used mainly for home decor--such a pillows or curtains---but recently I have been seeing toiles used in clothing and on bags and purses.

1 comment:

jgodsey said...

wouldn't it be fun to have one designed around books, and binding engravings?