Origin and pattern
This particular pattern has been preserved on several textiles dated to the 14th century. Though certainly of European origin, it is not clear whether it comes from Italy or Spain. What we can say is that this is a late medieval pattern that was still popular into the 15th century.
Persian and Chinese influences are evident here. The ornamental use of foliage in open areas draws on traditions of the Near East, however the grape leaves are typically Italian. Set on this backdrop are paired birds, which may depict the mythical phoenix or possibly the Chinese fenhuang, known as the “Chinese phoenix,” which has been a symbol of rebirth and perfection since ancient times.
Original samples of textiles with this pattern can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
This historical pattern reconstruction is the intellectual property of Sartor Bohemia.
This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a polyester warp and a rayon weft. It is striking for its vivid color, effective use of alternating weaving techniques and structural relief. This damask is slightly sturdier than silk blend brocade, holds its shape very well, and the addition of rayon makes it a pleasure to wear.
Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.
We recommend using a sturdy lining under this brocade, such as serge, satin, or habotai.
This fabric can be hand washed at 30°C, but it will shrink and crinkle slightly. To avoid this, we recommend dry cleaning at a reliable dry cleaner. Unlike silk brocade, this fabric will not soften when laundered. Iron on the back side on a synthetics setting; if the fabric has been pre-shrunk, you may use steam.