Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Fortuny Pillow--c. 1970's Ashanti pattern

New Fortuny Pillows in 1960's "Ashanti" Pattern

It is another gloriously gorgeous day in Southern Californi. It seems like we are headed into the "June Gloom" weather pattern of Late Spring. The pattern where we have a morning fog/cloud cover that tricks me into believing that there won't be any sun all day. But in just a little while, the fog will have dissipated and the sun will have broken though in all its splendor. ( I do wish that I were a sun person--but I'm not).

Earlier this week I picked up another batch of Fortuny pillows from Pam. This time the pillows were created using vintage Fortuny fabric in the "Ashanti" pattern which is derived from ethnic African textile. This particular piece has a warm rust-toned background with the traditional stamped Fortuny gold overlay. "Ashanti" is a very complex pattern with few repeats. See how each of these pillows reveals a different design. As usual, Pam's workmanship is exceptional--I'm so lucky to have her in my life.

Here are some of the detail photos of the pillows--love them.

When I picked up these beauties, I took Pam some vintage c. 1970 Indonesian batik fabric. It is a very detailed pattern featuring earth, sea and air creatures and ethnic symbols in a very deep cobalt on off-white background.

Thanks for joining me on this creative journey....Be well.

Mary and Jones (and Cole)


  1. I love these Ashanti pillows, and I CANNOT WAIT to see the cobalt Indonesian batik pillows! I have a thing for blue... maybe it was all that cobalt blue and white china (?) when I was a girl that influence my love for blue...

    1. Hi My lovely, Yep must have been all of that Blue and White china--or perhaps it's a genetic trait. xoxo Mom

  2. Lovely. My sister-in-law brought me a lovely coverlet from India and it has the same sort of look.
    I am looking forward to seeing the Indonesian blue and white. never gets old....

    1. Hi Patricia, My mother bought the batik (I think that it is a sarong) when she visited Indonesia in the 70's. I have saved it carefully during all of my international stints knowing that it would be perfect for pillows. I'm excited to see it finally come to life. Thanks. Mary