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Cotton That Behaves Like Silk
This is a cotton that behaves like silk- ultra-fine, with a fluid hand-feel and intense depth of color that is truly unmatchable. An everyday marvel of a dress material, Tana Lawn cotton is soft yet durable, cooling yet warming, and even machine washable. Discover a kaleidoscope array of brilliant colors and intricate patterns in our selection of Tana Lawns, fit for the most imaginative projects you can think up.
Whist travelling the plains of East Africa in the 1920s, Liberty buyer William Hayes Dorell discovered curious cotton fibers close to Lake Tana that sparked his imagination. Back on home soil, the silk-like threads were spun into lustrous form, screen printed with brilliant ink, and turned into a material that would change the textile industry forevermore. It was, of course, Tana Lawn.
Nearly a hundred years on, Tana Lawn has come to be recognized as a unique part of Liberty heritage. To this day, the bolts of fabric stacked in the Liberty haberdashery department are the product of a bespoke production process: hand-drawn by Liberty London in-house design team, screen printed in our factory a stone’s throw from Lake Como and cared for by skilled technicians who oversee the production of over 150 different designs.
Liberty’s Tana Lawn is unique: a fabric made from specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton, woven from 70 and 100 ply yearns, with exclusive and superior qualities that have elevated Tana to its iconic status. Once woven, Tana is subjected to a lengthy series of preparations, followed by a process of mercerization which swells the fibers of the cotton, enhancing handle and luster, and stabilizing the fabric finish. Mercerization also increases dye absorption in the rotary screen printing or latest digital print technology, allowing this fine fabric to carry color and print magnificently.
How do I sew with it?
Liberty Fabrics Tana Lawn are as easy to wear as it is to work with. Woven using specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton, the soft, silk-like handle carries just enough weight to hang effortlessly. Breathable, durable and a go-to for everything from dresses to shirting.
Check out these helpful hints for sewing with wovens, hemming, and creating gathers:
Sewing 101: Wovens
Sewing 101: Gathers
Sewing 101: Basic Hems
What Should You Make With it?
This very lightweight fabric is perfect for dresses with a lining, blouses, button-up shirts, heirloom apparel sewing, and even luxurious loungewear.
These patterns and projects are the perfect pairing for your Liberty Fabrics Tana Lawn creation:
McCall's M6015 Infants' Lined Dresses, Panties And Headband Pattern OSZ
Grainline Studio Archer Button Up Shirt
Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress