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Palm Wonderful

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It took a while to convince people that Hawaiian or tropical print clothing were resurfacing a few years back but now that it has gone mainstream I find it much easier to share my love of the summer forever patterns. This Fall I will definitely continue to add to my collection with updated and modern versions of the typical vacation print and show my longing for warmer temps well into the coldest days.

In particular I have developed an interest in the traditional barkcloth versions made from, you guessed it bark. The coarse material is stripped from the trees and beaten into a thin but textured material that is then printed on. Native to Asia, Africa, Indonesia and the Pacific,  this durable material was popularized during the 1940s- 60s and was used in home furnishings with tropical or atomic prints on them. However then what we would call barkcloth was primarily a densely woven cotton fabric with a texture or hand similar to bark. Nonetheless this faux version seems perfectly suited for a New England winter and a must have on my list.

I’m thinking an asymmetrical wrap skirt in a fantastic palm print with a striped crop top, leather jacket and pointy booties….. 

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