The Return of Eleonora

Eleonora and Giovanni.   Angelo Bronzino, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

Eleonora and Giovanni.
Angelo Bronzino, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

After 18 months of emails and samples and color matching and harassing experts all over the world, the Eleonora fabric is FINALLY woven and available to buy at Sartor.  Kim and I are very happy.

It is 55 inches (140 cm) wide, with a 16.8 inch (42 cm) repeat.  This is smaller than the planned repeat of 24 inches (60 cm), but they were unable to find a loom large enough.  They have also chosen to stock the fabric themselves rather than have us get orders for it, because they were not able to meet our custom requirements.  What this means is it isn’t EXACTLY the way we would want it, but it also means that it is available to the public for a reasonable price for a recreation, and the quality is excellent.

Eleonora di Toledo fabric recreation, Sartor Textiles.

Eleonora di Toledo fabric recreation, Sartor Textiles.

You might be wondering why the color appears different in the recreation than on the painting.  This is because the original was much brighter – it was woven with gold after all, and gold is very bright.  The painting has changed color over the last 400+ years, and we wanted the fabric to represent the original fabric.  We talked with several experts on the fabric including the lovely Dr. Sheila Barker of the de Medici Project, and they were tremendously helpful in determining colors.

If you are interested in having fabric closer to the painting, you can order the amazing recreation that Bonnie Phantasm has on Spoonflower.  She has it in 4 different colorways, and you can get it in various fabric types.  It is also the original 60cm repeat.

I have ordered some of the fabric and am hoping to have a completed Eleonora outfit to wear in Florence in March.  Who would have thought at the beginning of this journey that I would wind up with a finished garment of woven fabric, rather than one of fabric made by hand?

Kim is also working on casting buttons from the 3-D printed rendition of the button from the painting that she had made.  They look really great and you can check her blog for any updates.

I can’t wait to see versions of Eleonora all over the world using this fabric.  🙂

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