Laleli

Description

Petite – Underarm (buttoned) 111cm. Length 55cm.
Small – Underarm (buttoned) 118cm. Length 57cm.
Medium – Underarm (buttoned) 125cm. Length 59cm.
Large – Underarm (buttoned) 132.5cm. Length 61cm.
X Large – Underarm (buttoned) 139.5cm. Length 63cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the yarn required to make Laleli in your chosen size. It is a classic dropped shoulder shape, worked entirely in the round in one piece.

Story

In seventeenth century Europe a garden filled with tulips instantly proclaimed … deep purse, height of fashion. The European craze for tulips reached its zenith in Holland in the 1630s, when bulbs changed hands for fortunes. Those who could not afford the actual flowers would commission a prominent artist to paint them as a cheaper alternative. Other countries also had their periods of tulip mania. One such episode was in the reign of Sultan Ahmed III of Turkey (1703-30), which became known as lale devri – the tulip era. Ahmed and his court were so enamoured of the tulip that nightly parties were held throughout the blooming season. Not everyone was so enraptured by flower power and Ahmed’s subjects rose in revolt over the vast amount of money being spent on tulip festivals. These entertainments were described by one Monsieur d’Andresel, the French ambassador to Constantinople during the early eighteenth century. He wrote:
At every fourth flower, candles are set into the ground at the same height as the tulips, and the pathways are decorated with cages of all sorts of birds. All the trellis-work is bordered with flowers within vases, and lit up by a vast number of crystal lamps of various colours.

The images conjured up by these descriptions are so appealing that I decided to design a garment based on the particular tulips favoured by the Turkish court at the time. Laleli is Turkish for “place of the tulips”. For my canvas I created a shape with a simple V-neck and then filled it with an exotic garden of tulips which grow into one another. I have chosen a dark and sumptuous background of Mara, Selkie and Limpet, which beautifully highlights the reds and purples of the main flowers while blending softly with the greens of the stems. I hope the elegance and sophistication of this design does justice to a flower which has inspired passion, madness and economic turmoil on such a grand scale.

J.S.

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