The design is inspired from wild fennel growing on the sand dunes in Northern Brittany, France. Fennel has long been a source of inspiration to me as I admire the plants strength and vigour but also its elegance and its diversity in culinary uses.
I have recently come across the work of American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and was especially taken by his poem The Goblet of Life, where one verse reads,
"Above the lowly plants it towers, The fennel, with its yellow flowers, And in an earlier age than ours Was gifted with the wondrous powers, Lost vision to restore. It gave new strength, and fearless mood; And gladiators, fierce and rude, Mingled it in their daily food; And he who battled and subdued, A wreath of fennel wore"
It is dark grey with strong pinky-red flower heads and small amounts of a rusty brown to add depth and contrast.
Printed on 100% Irish linen.
8 cm blade, standard 152 cm length. Self tipped & hand finished with a colour 'gift' on the reverse of an unexpected colour bar tack.
Printing 'Pink Fennel' on 100% Irish Linen (rather than silk) gives the tie a contemporary twist. Great with jeans and a shirt and also adds individuality when worn with a suit.