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Object Lessons: Classic Summer Stripes

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by Megan Wilson last modified Aug 12, 2014

Stripes have a somewhat checkered history. Medieval society was deeply suspicious of fabric patterned with lines and made it the textile of outsiders, deemed suitable only for court jesters and ladies of the night. Later, stripes became the uniform of crewmen, slaves, and prisoners. It wasn't until Queen Victoria dressed her son Albert in a striped sailor suit toward the end of the 19th century that attitudes were adjusted. By the time Coco Chanel discovered the Breton fisherman's shirt in the 1920s, stripes had taken on a much happier aspect, becoming synonymous with relaxation—and ideal for use on deck chairs, pajamas, beach towels and bed linens. Here are some summery classics available by the yard. Five to buy Above: Ian Mankin  specializes in striped cotton and linen produced by one of the last remaining cotton mills in Lancashire, England. See Ian Mankin Stockists for vendors all over the world, including  US sources . Above: Robert Kaufman Medium Stripe Denim  is $10.72 a yard at Purl Soho. It's approximately 40 inches wide and is quilting cotton weight. Above: This heavy  French Cotton , woven in the Basque region of France, is ideal for upholstery, table linens, and espadrilles, among other things. It's 72 inches wide and available in a variety of stripes (including Sunbrella Outdoor Fabric  and Oilcloth ). The cotton is $68 per yard at Les Toiles du Soleil. For more on the company, see our post Sunny Striped Fabrics from France . Photograph via Canet-en-Roussillon . Above: John Lewis Cranmore Stripe Fabric is a cotton often used for Roman blinds (which the store makes to order). It's 137 centimeters wide and £15 per meter at John Lewis in the UK.   Above: Natural Striped Black Linen  is made from flax grown in Lithuania and is 150 centimeters wide. It's available from Etsy seller Linen by Inga; $59.98 for two meters. Object Lessons columnist Megan Wilson is the owner of  Ancient Industries  and curator of the Remodelista 100 presented in the  Remodelista book . Watch for her column every Tuesday, and have a look at her  past posts , including last week's Object Lesson on the most basic (and beloved) of striped fabrics, Classic Mattress Ticking . We featured Megan's new shop in our recent post  Purveyor of the Practical and the Timeless . More Stories from Remodelista Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Remodelista Considered Design Awards Table of Contents: Down Under Stay Tuned: The Remodelista Considered Design Awards Winners Will Be Announced Soon






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