Monday, June 6, 2011

Toile That

Toile always captures my attention when I’m out and about….on dishes, wrapping paper, clothing, whatever…I’m in love with it.

Toile (pronounced “twahl,” not “toil” like I’ve been calling it forever) means cloth or web in French. It refers to fabric depicting complex little pastoral scenes. These scenes are meaningful, bucolic, and beautiful. From a distance, the aesthetic seems lacy and feminine and delicate; up close, the detailed scenes tell whimsical stories. Although toile has been around for centuries, it also looks so smart and modern. Someday I would like to dedicate a room in my house to toile...

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