The word “umbrella” comes from the Latin root word “umbra”, meaning shade or shadow. China is believed to be the home of the umbrella (where the Mandarin word for them is yǔ sǎn). Originally made from silk and considered works of art, they were soon made also from waxed paper, which was surprisingly effective at keeping off rain, as well as sun. Red and yellow umbrellas were used by royalty, while the common people could only have blue umbrellas.
The signature design for this collection was designed for a contest with the theme of umbrellas. It seemed to beg for some companion fabrics, which feature some classic Chinese style designs such as fans/waves and cherry blossom. Umbrellievable won second place in the contest but is a consistent winner among my clientele, having been used to great effect on bags, clothing and furnishings.
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cherry blossom (cream on red)
cherry blossom (cream on blue)
umbrellievable flower – blue
cherry blossom (red on cream)
cherry blossom (blue on cream)
umbrellievable flower – gold