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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