Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maison de Garance - New in Our Stores

Just one collection this week, but it's so stunning that it can easily stand on it's own. Click on the picture to see a larger image. Introducing . . . Maison de Garance!

Kaari Meng of French General designed this lovely old world style group for Moda. You'll find it in Tea, Ivory, Old Brown and Turkey Red colorways now at our Bellevue, Everett and Northgate stores and soon at our Puyallup store, too. Perfect for Home Decor, Kaari has included solids and prints in 100% Cotton along with lovely 55% Linen/45% cotton solids to go with.

And wonderful Moda has provided a quilt design, too. Click here to download a PDF of the pattern, then enjoy my little history lesson below:

What's a Garance and why did Kaari name her collection after it, I wondered? According to, I found that it's a small, rounded flower in very deep intense red - the color used until recently by the French Army. Moda tells us that in the 18th Century, the House of Garance was one of the only dye houses in France to cultivate all the colors of the Garance flower - from deep red to chocolate brown. To show off their color selection, the walls of the dye house were adorned with hand-painted leaves in Garance hues and now Kaari has designed a collection that allows us to show off these beautiful hues, too.

 ~ Annette

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