Design Daily: Sandra Jordan Launches Alpaca Sheers CollectionAuthor:Sarah Virginia White
In our offices, there were more than a few oohs and aahs over the softness of the new Prima Alpaca fabrics from California textile designer Sandra Jordan—but what really surprised us was the word on the box…sheers. The light, lush fabrics are window dressing.
The new sheers collection is made from a blend of alpaca and silk, and we were seriously digging the weightless feel and neutral colors. Turns out the gentle llama-like alpacas, which are indigenous to Jordan’s home country of Peru, have fleece in a range of hues. The natural blacks, grays and browns lent themselves to the serene palette of the new collection. (Author’s note: when I was in Peru and encounterd alpacas on every roadside, I also discovered that they make a charming little whirring noise that is the camelid equivalent of a purr.) The alpaca fiber is milled in Peru, and the entire process—from raising the herds to weaving the final product—is low-impact and green.
Imagine these framing a sunny bay window. I’ve always found that light sheers have the effect of making a large window seem even larger, as the light catches the fabric and makes it glow. With the right draping, window treatments can illuminate an entire room. That sounds like the perfect spring awakening for any space.
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