Chinoiserie patterns literally mean ‘Chinese-esque.’ They are patterns which are Western interpretations of Oriental designs. These can range from anything from replications of Willow patterns to the delicate patterns used on Kimonos. These patterns frequently use many different vivid colours and can be very realistic. They are printed onto the finished piece of fabric after production.


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Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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