True Blue Linens
The contemporary linens by Mottainai are made for alfresco dining. They're made from Irish Linen and all hand dyed using Japanese techniques.
Crisp linens wafting in the gentle summer breeze – ooh I feel like I could reach out and touch it as I sit here in my woolly jumper and cashmere socks but surely summer is just round the corner. I’m a firm believer of going that extra mile to decorate your alfresco table, so bring out your most summery table linen and arrange some freshly picked flowers in vases on the table, and turn the occasion into a real treat.
Mottainai linens are hand dyed and made from Irish linen – no surprises there as they’re produced in Belfast but no island hopping is required as they are avaiable at Dial House Gallery. Not only do they look mighty fine but let’s get boringly practical linen washes well; boil wash and all that so it’s worth the investment. They use a hand dyed Japanese technique so nothing is mass-produced and it’s all artistically different – it’s centered around the colour blue, or indigo as they refer to it.
Some designs have a dominance of blue.
Whilst others have a subtler feel – the classic white and blue combo looks good in any contemporary home
Napkins (set of 4) are £49; table runners from £65 – £72 and cushions from £50. As we enter the wedding season if you’re looking for an unusal present then the gift set of a long runner and 6 napkins is £149.
Heading off piste but I wanted to share this recent commission that Mottainai undertook. They were asked by a customer to revamp a linen dress and they felt that a shibori design would bring it up-to-date – and weren’t they bang on the button.
Dial House Gallery, East St, Kimbolton, Huntingdon PE28 0HJ, dialhousegallery. Open Weds – Sat, 10am – 4pm or by appointment: 07765 665415