Blossoms and Birds

After the First World War, designers took inspiration from the East again. Designers produced many feminine wallpapers using cherry blossom patterns. These flowers were used to add an exotic feel to designs. The Silver Studio also produced designs for dress silks in the 1930s. Designers such as Winifred Mold created delicate patterns using cherry blossoms and parasols. The cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, and is richly symbolic. It is used as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, with its extreme, fleeting beauty and quick demise.
  • Design for printed textile by the Silver Studio (SD12739)

    This textile design features Japanese parasols and was created by Silver Studio designer Winifred Mold in 1919. The design was machine printed onto silk for use as a dress fabric. The Silver Studio produced dress fabric for clients such as Liberty & Co at this time. Delicate, feminine designs using Japanese motifs were particularly popular.

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