You’ll know that we’re suckers for print designs that step away from classic florals, particularly if they draw on mid-century inspiration as does this palm-printed black and ochre viscose challis fabric. Both the restrained, bold palette and the sketched, sgraffito-style design appeal to our sensibilities and we think they add up to a striking and fabric whose style will extend well beyond a the current season. As a dress it will have impact; as a top or tunic over denim or black it will still deliver impact. The shade of ochre here is a dark one, leaning towards tobacco; it’s sent against an ivory rather than a bright white background.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is is a lovely-quality, medium-to-lighter weight viscose fabric. This black and ochre viscose challis fabric has been woven in a plain weave pattern and has good opacity for its weight.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our black and ochre viscose challis fabric has a gentle, smooth handle. It will be cool, breathable and very comfortable next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
As with most viscose fabrics, this is a cloth that loves to flow and ripple. You can see how this vintage-inspired viscose challis fabric moves and drapes in this video.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
The weave of this fabric is plain and fairly close; together with the colour and density of the print design this means it has very good opacity for its weight. You’ll be just fine with an unlined blouse or tunic and for less formal, more carefree occasions an unlined dress or skirt in this fabric will be perfectly acceptable, especially in draped designs. However a silhouette may be visible against the sun and so depending the design of a dress or skirt, a plain cotton lawn lining or a half-slip might be advisable, although on a relaxed occasion and with sufficient volume to obscure sharp lines, we’d be happy without.
What can I make with this fabric?
Tunics and dresses with plenty of scope for the larger-scale pattern design of this black and ochre viscose challis fabric would be ideal. We love the relaxed, simple lines of the ‘Vienna’ Dress from Fibre Mood which would allow this fabric to make a real statement.
Viscose fibres are produced using cellulose which has been extracted from wood. As such it is a plant-based fabric, however unless stated otherwise, chemicals will have been used to produce the viscose yarns used in textile production.
OEKO-TEX standard? ❎
Machine wash separately at 30º or 40º
Machine wash at 30º or 40º. See our Fabric care pages for more information.