As with all of our wraps, Lichen has its own story. It wouldn't be Pavo without a story, right? And many of you already know this story, so I will try to keep it short without too much digression.
When we first started working with the Oriole Mill, we were captivated by the design that would become Parterre. Parterre certainly wasn't what we had in mind for a debut release, but it was so different from anything with which we had wrapped: current wrap releases at that time gravitated toward less dense, but Parterre was a weighty beauty. Glorious in all of its textured intricacy and hand feel and the engineered middle marker was a textile nerd's dream come true. It was too enticing to pass up and after we had broken it in, it became quite clear that Parterre would be our debut release. The whole Parterre family was a gorgeous color story: Cobalt, Moraine, Acanthus, Fawn and Doe. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. It's that good.
However, there was one Parterre that did not make it to cut and sew: the lost olive roll. One eagle-eyed Pavotee spotted the lonely roll in one of the photos we posted during a visit to Oriole. We had been told there was an issue with the thread color and well, since our debut of Parterre went so well, we didn't feel a sense of urgency to follow up. We left it at that, but it was there at each visit and Erin and I would often wonder about it, usually while waiting to catch our respective flights home. Pavotees would ask us about it, but really, there wasn't much more we could tell them.
This January, during our trip to Oriole, we decided to have a look at the lost roll. It took five of us to lift the roll from its storage bin under the table. The selvedge at the edge was just begging to be touched and ruffled. I have never been a huge fan of olive, but this was perfect: so earthy and rich. We unrolled the roll (no easy task) and started examining the gorgeously woven fabric for shifts in color. We didn't find any. We found the same amazing engineered middle marker, similar curves to Parterre, but not quite Parterre, a shining ivory warp, and the most elegant shade of dusky olive ever. There were no issues with color. Bethanne, Kelly and Libby and pondered over why it had been shelved and after an hour or so of backtracking, realized that it been set aside because it was woven with a finer thread than its siblings.
What we had, then, was a thinner, silkier version of Parterre. Not quite Parterre, but still dense and weighty. It seemed only fitting that it should become our anniversary wrap--in many ways a celebration of Parterre, our very first release.