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THE RARER WOOLS WOODCUT DESIGN

October 2019

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.

The Woodcut Dress

One of the bold patterns from Johnstons of Elgin AW19/20 London Fashion Week was showcased in this elegant, floor-length dress. Taking inspiration from the brands archive, the organic pattern has been developed from an original woodcut design featuring exotic animals.

The Johnstons of Elgin Woodcut Dress

Animal Woodcut Merino Scarf

This beautifully detailed pattern repeat in our elegant and striking Extra Fine Merino double cloth is inspired by the woodcut graphics from our 1940s archive journal by E.S. Harrison.

ANIMAL WOODCUT GREY & ORANGE MERINO SCARF
  • Animal Glen Check Jacquard Scarf

    Woven with our finest cashmere yarn, we have created a beautifully detailed, lightweight scarf with a cool, silky handle. Additional colour is introduced through an intelligently woven woodcut inspired jacquard. This artwork, inspired by the woodcut graphics from a 1940s Johnstons of Elgin Archive Journal by E.S. Harrison, has been reworked into an intricate pattern repeat featuring rare fibre animals from around the world.

    RED ANIMAL GLEN CHECK CASHMERE SCARF
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