Let's talk about Liberty!
Liberty - the cotton that behaves like silk!
Have you heard of it? Used it? Love it or hate it?!
It's one of my favourite fabrics. Yes, it's expensive BUT there’s a few good reasons.
Liberty is Liberty London, a beautiful department store in a Tudor-revival building just off Regent Street in London. Liberty has a very rich history dating back to the 1870's.
Since the late 1890's, Liberty has experimenting with cotton lawn. You'll see the words Tana Lawn used a lot when talking about Liberty fabrics and that’s because Tana Lawn is Liberty's trademarked lawn range. This fabric is cotton that behaves like silk.
Why is it called Tana Lawn? In the 1930's, a cotton buyer named William Hayes Dorell helped establish Liberty's new signature range. The product was named after Lake Tana in Ethiopia, where its unique long-staple cotton fibres originate. The fibres are taken to Liberty's Italian Mill near Lake Como where it’s turned into the beautiful fabrics you see in store.
You might still be asking why is it so expensive? What makes it different to other lawns or cottons?
The difference is in the weave of the fabric. Typically, most cottons are made with plain weave or criss-cross pattern. It’s generally made with short and thick staples, but Liberty's cotton have thin and long staples. This places Liberty's cotton closer in texture to silk than normal cotton products.
Since the threads are thinner, the fabric is softer and tighter. What’s the advantage? The threads aren't tied together, which means the fabric is less likely to crease or wrinkle. PLUS there's practically no shrinkage and no need to pre-wash your fabric.
The prints are all designed in-house, and each design is hand painted. FYI, there's in excess of 40,000 designs in the Liberty vault, some dating back to 17th century.
Once you become a Liberty lover, you'll start to see it everywhere! From the Royals, to Rockstars, in stores, and even episodes of the Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother!