A light to medium weight cotton that is always floral printed, with light or definite coloured backgrounds. So named after the small Normandy village of Creton, which was renowned for its textile industry in the 16thC, cretonne reminds me of rural French hotels and furniture, and of rural England in the fifties.

We’ve re-used vintage cretonne cloth that holds fond memories for clients with Chinese yellow and bright blue grounds, as well as off-white. Usually an ‘upstairs’ fabric–for bedroom curtains and bedcovers, and for lining drawers, ottoman trunks and wardrobes.

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