Alto Blackthorn was previewed on Facebook on 13 March 2013 as part of the new Deep Forest Collection: “A bright spring green cotton warp combined with a rich blue combed cotton weft.” It was released later that month on 31 March 2013.
“Spirit of deep forest with a pea green cotton warp and amethyst combed cotton weft. Alto Blackthorn has a delightful feel and is medium weight. 50% cotton 50% combed cotton.”
The listed weight of 240 gsm is an official Oscha weight; however wovenwrapsdatabase lists a weight of 211gsm.
“Great forests once covered most of Britain, they provided a home and nourishment for all who lived within them. Now most of these great woodlands are gone, but in the small pockets that remain there is an abiding beauty and wonderful diversity of trees and plant life. This Collection is an ode to these woodlands, it attempts to call to mind their pervading sense of serenity and to draw on the senses. The scent of pine and bark, the calming vision of dappled light on a myriad of greens. The colour and textures of tree barks, gentle blooms and berries. Grand, ancient trees stand tall whilst, at their base, young, fresh shoots spring forth and gentle ferns uncurl as the forest continually re-creates itself.”
The pattern name Alto has been derived from Altocumulus, a meteorologic names for certain types of clouds. Alto means high and cumulus means heaped. The pattern features pairs of two clouds evenly spaced on the fabric, thus creating a repetitive pattern of Japanese style clouds. Released after the pattern ‘Strato‘, ‘Alto’ features more spaced clouds.
Blackthorn is a species of Prunus with green leaves and purplish blue berries. The common name “blackthorn” is due to the thorny nature of the shrub, and its very dark bark. Source: Wikipedia.