For some time now, I have had a fascination with Toile fabrics. The detail in these pastoral scenes depicting people, nature and animals reminds me of fine etchings, relying on small textural marks, strokes and shading to create this ornate imagery.
Pronounced ‘twal’, the term is an abbreviated form of the phase ‘Toile de Jouy’ which means “cloth from Jouy de Josas”, a town in north-central France. While Toiles originated in mid-18th Century Ireland, they soon became most popular in both Britain and France. Toiles also gained popularity during the Colonial Era in the U.S. as a home interior fabrication.
The most traditional Toiles are a 1-color print of red, black or blue on a white or cream background and the most popular usage of the print is in home decor: wallcoverings and fabrics used in curtains, upholstery and accessories. The print’s usage has also evolved into fashion and accessory design which I find very fresh and pretty.
A traditional historic red toile fabric
Lovely use of toile in home decor. Image via
Pierre Duex Pillows. Similar available here
50′s Toile print circle skirt dress. Image via
Tamara Henriques Wellies available here
Three Little Ducks dress available here
Fables by Barrie swimsuit available here
I hope you have enjoyed this little walk down Toile-lane. Do you like Toiles in home decor and/or fashion?