Our AW19 pieces feature original woodcut graphics from a 1940s Johnstons of Elgin archive journal – The Rarer Wools by E.S. Harrison. Illustrated by W.R. Lawson the imagery brings to life key themes within the journal which depicts and explores animals of the world with the rarest fibres.
In 2018, during the research and design process behind this archived pattern, an original hand-painted jacquard paper featuring the woodcut border was found. It is believed to have been painted around 1987 when artworks for woven jacquards were meticulously hand-drawn to scale. This was used to produce the first jacquard of this historic Johnston's of Elgin journal and hasn't been woven again until now, this time using the latest CAD and loom technology.
Our Woodcut Dress & Scarves celebrate this journal, bringing together the beauty of the front cover illustration with the finest merino & cashmere fibres.