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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Friday, May 26, 2017

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    Tana Lawn


    Tana Lawn

    There are so many different types of fabric and I often get asked during a workshop what a particular one is. One of the most common enquiries is about lawn, particularly Tana Lawn, undoubtedly because it has been made famous by the beautiful range of printed cotton lawn fabrics produced by Liberty.

    Lawn cloth or lawn is a plain weave fabric, originally of linen but now mostly cotton. Lawn is produced using fine, high-count yarns, which results in a lightweight fabric with a silky, un-textured feel. Lawn can be white, or may be dyed or printed and is so fine that sometimes it can be almost see through. The term "lawn" derives from "Laon", a city in France, which produced large quantities of linen lawn.

    The Liberty Tana lawn was first introduced in the 1920s, Liberty began to produce small floral prints that became known as Liberty Prints. Tana Lawn was so named because the cotton from which it was made originated in the area near Tana Lake in East Africa. Liberty’s version strikes a wonderful balance of drape and body that makes it versatile enough for a wide range of projects. This is one of the larger Liberty designs than usual but one of my favourites.

    Over the years, many of the world’s best designers have used Liberty fabrics. Jean Muir (who worked at Liberty for a time), Cacharel and Mary Quant are just a few. Many of these designs, especially those of the late 1960s and early 1970s reflected well on the Liberty legacy of romantic designs.

    View more of Liberty's cotton tana lawn range, beware, they are irresistible and highly priced at £22.50 per metre. The softness and drape of cotton lawn makes it a perfect fabric for making a pair of pyjama pants or lounge trousers on our dressmaking workshop.




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