I’m sure I’m not alone but I just can’t stop buying this stunning tana lawn fabric. I think I may have been late to the party but I am certainly making up for it now! Liberty print fabric is available in a vast array of colours and patterns but every one is divine! I have been buying scraps and off cuts over the last year but finally treated myself to two full metres (don’t worry – it was in the sale!)
I have been using my tiny flashes of delight to create Liberty print ear studs, hair ties, pin badges and necklaces. I feel a true obsession coming on as I trawl the internet for vintage Liberty print fabric; I dream of stumbling across a pile in a charity shop!
History of Liberty Print Fabric
Arthur Liberty began his career as an apprentice for a draper. He then took on a job at Farmer & Roger’s Great Shawl and Cloak Emporium – a position that set him on course of his life’s work. After ten years of work there, learning about textiles & other arts, he decided to branch out and open his own business in 1875, named ‘East India House’ where he solely sold Oriental imports – namely rugs, decorative objects and…fabrics!
After a few years, East India House grew & demand for their gorgeous fabrics became stronger. It was then that Liberty made the decision to import undyed fabrics and have them handprinted in England in the style of Oriental fabrics. At this point, Liberty started marketing their fabrics as ‘Made in England’ and their growth as a British brand began.
In the 1920s, Liberty began to produce miniature floral, paisley & abstract prints that became known as ‘Liberty Prints’ and the rest, as far as we are concerned, is history! Liberty Prints are an absolute best seller in our online collection with over 150 prints to choose from available in cottons, silks, and even PVC & corduroy! Despite all this choice, their Tana Lawn cotton is by far the most popular – a specific lightweight cotton that is ideal for dresses, blouses, shirts & skirts.
With thanks to Joel and Son Fabrics