This pattern was created by designer Naomi Ito for her Nani IRO line. Ito works primarily in watercolor, drawing inspiration from nature and Japanese art and mingling minimalism, a light hand, and an extraordinarily sharp eye. Ito’s designs can run the gamut from gentle and soothing to lively and dynamic, but they are, at all times, deeply poetic and extremely well thought out.
Original designer print
Rakuen translates as “pleasure garden” from Japanese, and indeed, this pattern seems to be in full bloom. Look closely and you’ll find several types of flowers in an attractive, perfectly harmonized palette. Among them flutter abstract birds that look almost like exotic flowers themselves.
As its name implies, double gauze is woven in two layers. It is essentially two fine, loosely woven panels joined together at points at regular intervals. Ordinary, single-layered gauze is quite sheer and not terribly strong; its loose weave makes it easy to damage. Combined in a double layer it gains durability and stability while still retaining its airy lightness and wonderful breathability.
This fabric looks great in loosely cut garments like casual tops, tunics, dresses, and wide pants. Let the print stand out in simple cuts – a wrap-around dress, a tunic, a boxy sheath dress, a full skirt – or give a nod to Japanese tradition and try your hand at a summery kimono jacket. Can you see this print in your interior? Why not make a set of curtains.
Machine wash cool (30°C). Iron on cotton setting. Because this is a delicate fabric, select a lower spin cycle; gentle handling will prolong its lifetime.