Kin celebrates the impact of human touch within machine production, the maker's mark, and the mastery of processes inherent in textile manufacture.
Using the fingerprints of Bute employees a fluid and dynamic pattern has been created. The arrangement possesses the appearance of motion in unison, a collective mass swirling in an almost hypnotic display. The unique characteristics of a fingerprint are further enhanced with nepp yarn, adding contrasting flecks of colour to increase texture and variety throughout the weave.
The pattern has the additional aim of aiding upholstery, with its multi-directional nature and consistent pattern density, the need for perfect seam alignment is reduced, helping navigate intersecting planes and tricky junctions.
Kin and Clan make up the Identity collection which, alongside Strata, are the first Jacquard weaves to be produced in the company's 70-year history.
Both the Identity and Strata collections were awarded the Design Guild Mark in 2021.
The collections also received the Johnathan Hindle Prize – an additional award presented to the most outstanding of the year’s Design Guild Mark awarded pieces.
MATERIALS: 68% Wool, 21% Polyamide, 11% Silk | ABRASION: Martindale 175,000 cycles | PATTERN REPEAT: W 140cm x H 160cm | APPLICATION: Suitable for upholstery and drapery in both heavy-duty contract and domestic applications | BUTE DESIGN TEAM: Rachel Evison and Kirsty Neil