The Call of Liberty

by Dorothea

The Lure of all things Liberty of London!

On a recent visit to London I made my “pilgrimage” to Liberty, the iconic department store. Part “sentimental journey”, part “thrill of discovery”, I came across this charming Liberty print in the famous “Tana Lawn” crisp cotton that responded to my love for all things “wild”:

liberty10“Queue For The Zoo”

Taking its name from Lake Tana in East Africa where the original cotton grew, Tana Lawn cotton is unique. Made from specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton and finished without the use of crease-resisting chemicals or irritating allergens, the result is a famous masterpiece of fabric technology: fine, cool, comfortable and durable, with brilliant reproduction of colours and prints.

My favorite Liberty cottons are either the distinct “cashmere” patterns:

Liberty7“Felix and Isabelle”

Or the famous “William Morris” designs, still timelessly appealing:

liberty11“Strawberry Thief” was designed by William Morris in 1883

This cave of Ali Baba has always kept its distinct atmosphere and has shown that the famous “Liberty” prints are a favorite with each generation.

Liberty interior sizedInterior of Liberty department store in London

The good news is that you can buy most of the fabrics online, so if you can’t go to Liberty, Liberty can come to you! Shop at Liberty online store.

LibertyshopLiberty is housed in its iconic, timber-framed, Tudor revival building on Regent Street.