Origin and pattern
This fabric is a reproduction of a Persian dress that most likely belonged to a person of royal descent. There is some disagreement as to the exact dating of this piece, estimates fall between the 11th and 14th centuries.
Chinese and Persian motifs mingle in this design. The pelican figures certainly come from Chinese fenghuang, a symbol associated with the empress, and the woven lotus leaves are of Chinese origin as well. In contrast, Persian artistic tradition gives us deer in a typical half-recumbent pose.
After 1300 there was a decline in silks arriving from Syria, Egypt, and Byzantium coinciding with a rise in supply from Islamic eastern Persia. As part of the greater Mongolian empire, Persia was one of the first silk producers in this area to adopt Chinese iconography.
An original of this textile is part of the collection at the Münster Cathedral; another can be found at 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.