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
New Morning is a floral design with light watercolor brush strokes in pale but vivid tones. It captures the freshness of a morning in bloom as the first rays of sunlight sift through the flowers. The contours of blossoms are highlighted here and there with slender silver strokes. The pale background lends this print an especially delicate airiness.
This fabric is made in a twill weave of very fine cotton and silk threads. It is light, soft, and very touchable, but the weave and its higher thread count make it surprisingly strong.
This fabric is a great choice for a blouse, shirt, or dress. If you go for a looser cut, it will drape beautifully. It would also make for a great neckerchief or summer scarf and could be wonderful in a pair of lightweight curtains, especially in a romantically styled or minimalist interior.
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.