Liberty Art Fabrics

1/3 Liberty of London

Liberty of London is an iconic heritage brand recognisable around the world for its textile patterns and prints. Its founder Arthur Liberty opened the Liberty Emporium, a small half-shop, on Regent Street in London in 1875 trading imported exotic goods and textiles from the Far East. Arthur Liberty made his name importing beautiful and high quality fabrics from Japan, Persia, India and China. His great ambition and enthusiasm for Eastern arts and crafts, keen eye for styles and trends and passion to educate paved the way for him to become one of the leaders of his field.

Moving in advantageous circles from the beginning of his career Arthur, an ambitious and sociable gentleman made the acquaintance of some of the most exciting artists, architects and designers of his time whom he collaborated with on projects to create new fabric prints and patterns.

Liberty’s identity is closely tied to the classic Tana Lawn and Saville Poplin cotton collections with prints inspired by nature, architecture and heritage. Liberty continues to constantly reinterpret these classics by working closely with contemporary artists and designers from a wide range of disciplines to create new fabric prints. Established now for over 140 years Liberty’s incredible archive holds more than 40,000 original prints which continues to grow as these prints are re-used and reinterpreted to become contemporary classics.

2/3 Origin

Our Liberty fabrics are supplied directly to us from Liberty of London and are sourced as mill overruns or end-of-line stock. Liberty is a member of both EU REACH and the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative).

EU REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. Further information can be found on their website here

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. The BCI and Innovation Fund is a global program designed to support the Initiative in its goals of reaching five million farmers in key cotton-producing countries and have Better Cotton account for 30% of global cotton production. For more information visit their website here

Liberty fabrics are also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. The OEKO-TEX Standard is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products. OEKO-TEX tests for harmful substances from a consumer's point of view, based on the respective purpose of the material or textile. OEKO-TEX testing ensures that these fabrics are free of harmful substances such as Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol as well as a number of harmful chemicals that have not yet been legally regulated. For more information visit their website here

3/3 Uses

Liberty of Londons huge variety of base cloths gives sewists an opportunity to use these distinguished prints for any project! The classic Tana Lawn is great as a summer weight fabric but also its smooth finish and tight weave makes it perfect for linings, bias bindings, DIY projects and much more! Liberty corduroys and lanatanas are a lovely winter weight and are often used for cute childrenswear. The weightless range of Bloomsbury Crinkle Chiffons make beautiful scarves and not forgetting Liberty Swimwear is perfect for the beach! Check out our Blog to get ideas on how you can sew Liberty.