The Pohutukawa tree comes in to bloom in NZ at Christmas time or just after. Its beautiful red flowers decorate the side of the main road along the Nelson waterfront. I notice them when I cycle from my home in Atawhai to my workshop at Founders Park. For this design I cut the shape of the Pohutukawa flower head into a lino tile and made a series of block prints on to paper. I used corrugated card alongside the lino tile in the book press and created a variety of textures and images from the single block. Finally I cut out all the block printed images now printed on to paper, some in squares others around the flower shape. I placed them into a diamond pattern, some touching others overlapping to compete the work. I researched the other names given to this beautiful native New Zealand tree and added them to the final textile design. This textile has a 1950’s feel to me and I have loved wearing it. It is my favourite this year printed on to the Burnt Orange fabric.
Available in colours Grey, Beige, Mustard, Burnt Orange, Red and Purple.
This skirt like all the MADCAT skirts, is made of a stretch woven fabric for comfort. The narrow non stretch cotton waistband is secured closed by a hook and eye, hand sewn on by me in each and every skirt. The centre back invisible zip has a fabric fly piece. This is so the zip does not touch your skin as the glue at the base of a zip can be irritating to sensitive skins. I also like that when I am closing the zip it does not snag my underwear. The MADCAT ribbon label is set into the inside of the waistband so that you can use the label as a hook, especially when travelling and there are no coat hangers available in your room.
The yarn content of the skirts is 75%viscose (pine tree wood pulp), 21% nylon and 4% lycra.
Skirt Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm water. Do not mix reds and dark coloured skirts with other washing as the dye is shed dramatically in the first wash. This does not change the colour of the skirt in any way. Skirts can be washed in front loading washing machines on the wool programme. Line dry inside out on sunny days or spin dry and place on a radiator/ heated towel rail. Skirts can be dry cleaned as delicate. Use a cool iron to press. The fabric puffs up when it becomes wet and returns to flat when dry. Do not iron when wet.