In the book "The Devil's Cloth : A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric" by Michel Pastoureau, he says that when stripes had first arrived in Europe, on the garments of a Carmelite order from the Holy Land, a great disturbance ensued. It appears that in the 13th and 14th centuries the wearing of stripes was a frightening transgression. In feudal times, anyone not to be trusted – village idiots, prostitutes, disloyal knights, tricksters, jugglers and clowns – might be dressed or depicted in stripes. Even in more modern times, prisoners in storybooks are often clothed in stripes.
Well, despite the dubious origins of stripes, I love them. They combine so well with florals, checks, spots, plains, almost any other fabric. They can be broad and bold in strong colours or subtle and gentle in paler hues. They can be rustic or sophisticated. They work in country homes, beach houses, urban lofts or stately mansions.
So to start off the week, I am sharing my pictorial collections of stripes with you. Enjoy!
This cute little bunny and I wish you a happy week!
Till next time
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