Madidi Clouds Linen


The Andean spectacled bear, a mysterious and endangered species and inspiration for Paddington Bear, was the focus of Dr Susy Paisley’s years of study in the Andean cloud forest of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park. During long periods spent alone for her research, she became obsessed with the intricate patterns and color around her. Lichens, thin-lipped frogs, hummingbirds and toucans, along with her bears, were the subjects of her detailed drawings, and have formed the basis of this design. The composition of the design itself was inspired by a Josef Frank design from 1938 called Anakreon. His design was based on a 3,500-year-old fresco, discovered by a friend of Frank’s, from the palace in Knossos on Crete.


Name:  Madidi Clouds

Please note:  Madidi Clouds is an unusual design because it is offered at two scales as well as on two basecloths and in two main colourways. Apologies if this is confusing! They really do earn their places and can be used quite differently and together.

Colourway: Natural, Cream or Midnight

Fabric type: Pure linen, from flax grown in France, woven and printed in the UK

Composition: 100% natural linen

These designs are available in natural pure English linen of a medium weight of 250g or a heavyweight 450g bleached or natural  linen

Usage: Drapery and light upholstery

Care: Dry clean only

Pattern repeat: Half drop

Horizontal/Vertical repeat: LARGE  54″ x 36″ (137.2 cm) The design is only repeated one time across the width of the fabric
Horizontal/Vertical repeat: MEDIUM  27″ x 18″ (137.2 cm) The design is repeated twice across the width of the fabric

Printed width of fabric: 54″ (137.2 cm)

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A

Heavy-weight bleached, Medium-weight natural


Cream, Midnight, Natural


Large, Medium

Swatch or Meterage

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