Coromandel

Coromandel

Coromandel

Coro­man­del is the west­ern name given to Asian carved and lac­quered screens. Coco Chanel had a set of such screens that she prized highly and one of my favorite fra­grances, Chanel’s Coro­man­del, is named for them. It is a patchouli dom­i­nant scent, not hip­pie but think along the lines of Vic­to­rian ladies whose beau­ti­ful pais­ley shawls were redo­lent of the patchouli leaves strewn threw the chests in which they were shipped from India’s Coromandel coast.

My idea was to design some­thing rem­i­nis­cent of such a screen. The motifs are based on some I’ve found in Edwar­dian and ear­lier era pat­tern col­lec­tions com­bined and reimag­ined to become some­thing that gives me the image I’d had in mind.


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