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The history of Peruvian textiles is as rich and varied as any culture ever studied. Much of the high-quality, long-lasting fiber is taken from indigenous alpaca and llama, weaving a tapestry of not only the deeply formed Peruvian culture, but its link to the very heart of the Andean landscape that surrounds it.

Cloth was of primary importance in ancient Peru, As a form of wealth, it was traded and given as gifts between rulers, and even burned or sacrificed as offerings. It was placed in burials in great quantity and was well preserved in the arid desert climate. Woven garments expressed the status and occupation of an individual through style, fabric, and workmanship.

The Peterson Collection of Ancient Peruvian Textiles consists of 26 textiles and textile fragments collected by Harold F. Peterson in the early 1940s. Most of the textiles were probably made in the Central Coast, but the exact provenmiences remain unknown. Many of the subjects refer to religious ideas and symbols and to social status. It has been noted that motifs such as snales, birds, marine creatures, and felines, were already evident in Peru as early as 1800 B.C. at the archaeological site of Huaca Prieta. Images of composite creatures and human/animal combinations are also represented. The collection displays a variety of weaving techniques known in Peru, especially plain weave, slit tapestry, and embroidery.

Design in Peruvian Textiles

The designs of Peruvian textiles are as diverse and rich as the various cultures from which they spring. Realistic and abstract design, patterns and pictures, stories, or even just explosions of light and color can be seen in the immense variety of art and clothing.


Australian Wallpaper and Fabric Designer ~ Florence Broadhurst


Florence Broadhurst was years ahead of her time, the complex, eccentric and talented Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899. By the time of her death in 1977 Broadhurst had lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England; performed professionally on stage; been befriended by royalty; exhibited her paintings; and started an internationally successful wallpaper company whose success was based upon her own designs.

Adorning the walls, floors and furnishings of London nightclubs, Parisian salons, Cate Blanchett’s family home and even the set of MasterChef are her designs; designs that were created over three decades ago but are still gathering new and passionate fans all over the world.


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Florence Broadhurst has put Australia on the map for international design.

A multi-talented legend, Broadhurst expressed herself creatively through multiple mediums, platforms and continents around the world. After winning a singing competition in 1915, Broadhurst started performing in various towns and cities in Queensland. By the early 1920s, she was performing in India, South-East Asia and China. In 1926, Broadhurst founded a modern academy of arts in Shanghai, known as the Broadhurst Academy, offering tuition in violin, pianoforte, voice production, modern ballroom dancing, classical dancing, musical culture and journalism. Never one to settle, Broadhurst moved to London and reinvented herself as Madame Pellier, running a dress salon on Bond Street in 1933.

After spending more than a decade in the United Kingdom, Broadhurst returned to Australia and settled in Sydney where she started painting enthusiastically and prolifically. Transforming her creative talent into a business opportunity, she started a revolutionary wallpaper business in 1959, creating hundreds of unique and luxurious patterns with rich and vibrant colours all perfectly matching her flamboyant personality. By the mid 1960s, her company monopolised the Australian market and started exporting to America, Peru, Paris, the Middle East and Norway. She continued to work actively until her death in 1977 at the age of 78.
In 1977 she was bludgeoned to death with a large piece of timber in her Paddington studio.  The murder was never solved, but there has been some speculation that Broadhurst was a victim of serial killer John Wayne Glover,

Balinese- Interior Wall Decoration

Reflect and be at one with the earth. Traditional Balinese buildings seek to be in harmony with the environment.

Traditional Balinese house interiors are built almost entirely of organic materials. They use natural materials such as bamboo, woven bamboo, coconut wood, oak wood, Teak wood and various other beautiful local wood in all natural shades. Rattan, wicker and clay were also other materials that were used and found locally.

With design elements of plants, flowers, natural construction materials, and large open spaces Bali interior walls are lined with nature inspired decoration and materials.

Hand Carved Teak Wood Wall panelling is used for eye catching wall pieces,  and other different materials were also used for wood carvings for the walls. Brick and stone were used in a variety of ways for wall features especially bathrooms or entry ways and are usually set on wooden tones and or a bright white painted background for the beautiful art to be displayed.

Open planned living allows walls to be filled with all the art work inspired by the local people and create a cheerful & harmonious environment.

BELOW- Hand carved wall art and bed head.

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Elysian Fields Designed by Dan Funderburgh.


Elysian Fields Designed by Dan Funderburgh

Elysian Fields is a dense, intricate floral that utilizes carnivorous plants and bats instead of roses and robins. We love the irreverence of these unexpected elements within the classic stylings of the pattern work. Chose Antique Pink on Oatmeal for a soft traditional look or Licorice for some serious edge.

Flavor Paper produces wallpaper by hand screened and digital printing, sometimes both for special projects. All aspects of production are in-house, so we can maintain our exacting perfectionist standards. We use water based or eco-solvent inks to be as green as possible and only print on the finest materials. Flavor Paper quality is unsurpassed.


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Dan Funderburgh

Dan Funderburgh is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, artist, and wallpaper designer. Dan was born in Seattle and reared in the Midwest, receiving a BFA from the University of Kansas with a focus in illustration. After moving to New York in 2001, Dan established a partnership with the now Brooklyn-based wallpaper studio Flavor Paper, where his designs are hand screen printed.
The wallpapers have been featured at the Museum of Art & Design and are a part of the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt and Brooklyn Museum. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Dan’s illustrations and patterns can be found in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, on Gravis bags and footwear, and now on watches and apparel from his recent collaboration with Nixon for their 2014 Holiday season. His designs are even hand screen printed by Brooklyn wallpaper studio Flavor Paper. He has clearly found his niche in the city that never sleeps, but what catches the eye of such a detail orientated artist? Funderburgh shares with us seven favorite Brooklyn spots.


Rajasthan Fabric

The fabrics of Rajasthan are decorated with wonderful designs and vibrant colours.The ancient art of textiles in Rajasthan uses fibers like cotton, silk and wool to make attractive designs and textures. In Rajasthan, as in other parts of India, the royal ancestry inspired master-craftsmen to make the best fabrics. Rajasthani textiles discover handmade textiles that are mostly used for clothing Century-old skills carry on to produce some of the most creative textiles in Rajasthan which are admired and collected not only by experts in India but are popular all across the world. Rajasthani textiles discover handmade textiles that are mostly used for clothing Century-old skills carry on to produce some of the most creative textiles in Rajasthan which are admired and collected not only by experts in India but are popular all across the world.

Rajasthan is the heartland of hand-block printing also. Magnificent, remarkable combinations of red colours, shocking pink, purple and orange, greenish-blue and parrot green, saffron and crimson, incorporated with touches of gold and silver steal the limelight in any gathering. Rajasthan textiles are the mirror of the real core of block printing. Most of the work is done by hand only. The art of block printing and coloring is associated with home furnishing and fabric for personal wear as well. The main centers for the block printing in Rajasthan are Sanganer and Bagru. The procedure of hand block printing consist of artisans to soak carved wooden blocks in different colours and then paste them on the fabric thus creating some mystic wonder on the piece of cloth. Delicate floral prints and patterns prepared in vegetable colour is the specialty of Rajasthan block printing. The art of Khari or overprinting in gold is also broadly practiced in Rajasthan. This makes the traditional form of block printing even more attractive and fashionable in the region.

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Fabric: Tartan

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.

Tartan is made with alternating bands of coloured threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over—two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colours cross, which give the appearance of new colours blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of colour repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as a sett.

The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to bring the warrior clans under government control by banning the tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture. When the law was repealed in 1782, it was no longer ordinary Highland dress, but was adopted instead as the symbolic national dress of Scotland.

Tartan patterns were simply different regional checked-cloth patterns, chosen by the wearer’s preference—in the same way as people nowadays choose what colours and patterns they like in their clothing, without particular reference to propriety. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that many patterns were created and artificially associated with Scottish clans, families, or institutions who were (or wished to be seen as) associated in some way with a Scottish heritage. The Victorians’ penchant for ordered taxonomy and the new chemical dyes then available meant that the idea of specific patterns of bright colours, or “dress” tartans, could be created and applied to a faux-nostalgic view of Scottish history.

Today tartan is no longer limited to textiles, but is used on non-woven mediums, such as paper, plastics, packaging, and wallpapers.

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Marimekko is a Finnish design house based in Helsinki celebrated worldwide for its original prints and colours. Founded in 1951 by a visionary woman Armi Ratia, Marimekko is said to be one of the world’s first real lifestyle brands combining fashion, bags and accessories as well as home decoration


It all began in 1949, when Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small textile printing company. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfill her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex

“Our designers, each with a distinct, personal style, are spreading happiness through their designs. Young designers grow to become the Marimekko masters of tomorrow”

Two pioneering designers in particular set the tone for Marimekko including Vuokko Nuresniemi in the 1950’s and Maija Isola in the 1960’s. Nurmesniemi designed the simply striped red and white jokapoika shirt on 1956. Isola designed the iconic Unikko poppy print pattern featured below in 1964


Unikko, the rebel flower, designed by Maija Isola 1964

The company’s popularity exploded in 1960, when first Lady Jackie Kennedy purchased six Marimekko dresses and appeared on the front of Sports Illustrated magazine in a sleeveless red dress

Marimekko will always be strongly associated with the 60s & 70s. Their bold boxy prints, unique patterns and use of bright colours became the height of fashion at that time in Finland and abroad, ensuring the brand became synonymous with all that was modern, chic and sophisticated.

Today they have moved into the future with their modern and fresh designs. They have migrated from fashion to designing and manufacturing high-quality home accessories including dinnerware, towels, bed linen and more.

Armi Ratia died in 1979, and the company endured a decade of shaky ground, facing bankruptcy. In 1991, Kirsti Paakkanen, a former advertising executive, bought the company, and is credited with reinvigorating the brand and creating its current successes!!

Here are some inspiring Merimekko designs

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Anna Spiro Textiles

Anna Spiro is an Australian Interior Designer who along with her brother Sam Spiro created the Anna Spiro Textiles.  Made exclusively by hand in Australia, the collection is first illustrated and then screen-printed onto fine Belgian Linen, and currently comprises of 6 designs in a variety of colourway options.

Their first collection ‘Lanikai’ comprises of six Hawaiian-inspired prints each rendered in a variety of colours. The collection is carefully constructed and screen-printed by hand. The fabrics work beautifully on their own and can be used in a variety of mediums.  Or equally as successful when mixed and matched on sofas, armchairs, curtains, cushions and lampshades creating an eclectic space.


In 2014 Anna published her first book, Absolutely Beautiful Things. The book has become a source of inspiration for many designers as it showcases her unique style.   Annas textiles was used in the the local boutique hotel Halycon House in Cabarita.  Her eclectic style is showcased beautifully and definately worth the visit if only for the feast for your eyes!





Brazil Fabric and wallpaper design

Brazil fabric wearable 

I was influenced by fabrics used in the traditional costumes:  such as feathers, leaves and other natural materials. I was also influenced by the colours and brightness of todays Mardi Gras costumes. The colours are influenced by nature and in particular with peacocks and butterflies.

Adriana Barra Designs

Adriana is influenced by beautiful peacock patterns and colours. The jewels in her design really stand out and the flowing shapes represent the colourful tail of the peacock.






Spoonflower is a big company who have quite a large range of products and work with a variety of designers. Some designs are not for sale.

Brazilian Tropical      brazilian tropical by patriciasodre

         Butterflies                     the butterflies are bac…by likesjewellery
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Natalie Steine Brunner
Natalie Steine Bruner  is a very colourful artist who works with colours and designs from nature. Her images are quite simple shapes but also quite detailed within that image. / 410.703.3466

Application of fabric in Contemporary Spanish Fashion Design

In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, textile production, particularly floral fabrics, had grown exponentially. Pieces that once could only be created by master craftsmen could now be replicated quickly and easily. This allowed complex motifs such as flowers to be more easily accessible to consumers, and florals’ popularity spread globally.

The motif has been and continues to be stylized in countless ways, and many of these iterations have become iconic looks. This can be an appropriate fabric design for making a flamenco dress. The most common colours for flamenco dresses are red, black and white but they are typically bright coloured. Over time the flamenco costume has become richer in colour and has adopted adornments and compliments such as lacing, embroidered ribbons, flowers, costume-jewellery and hand fans. Thus, utilizing floral fabrics show a clear influence of Spanish flamenco style.

Spanish flamenco dresses are made of crespon – a polyester/cotton blend. This type of fabric clings to the body and is smooth and easy to manage in flamenco dance.  The Andalusian typical costume, the flamenco dress, traje de gitana or traje de faralaes is the central piece in flamenco fashion. It is a very exuberant, eye-catching dress, usually down to the ankle, although different times have brought variations in length. The one thing that never changes are the ruffles, be it on the skirt and/or the sleeves. Polka-dotted dresses are the most classical ones, but other patterns, especially floral prints, are also a must.

The unique look of flamenco dance wear inspires designers from all over the world to produce their own flamenco dress styles by combining tradition and innovation. Beatriz Penalver have been openly inspired by the genre. She intricately incorporate some of the characteristics of flamenco in her modern designs such as the use of tiers of ruffles and bright coloured fabric. This transmits a feeling of festiveness and emphasises the hourglass figure of a female – which extensively represents the influence of flamenco in contemporary design.