WHAT IS IT? The Shakers are a religious sect which began in England in the 1700s, came to America, and founded their own utopian communities. One still remains today in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. They developed simplistic and utilitarian furniture, housewares and architecture, which design can most commonly be described as "form follows function". Shaker tape was developed and used to weave chair seats and backs in place of rush or splint as it was long lasting and did not mar their clothing. The material and weaving is neat and tidy.
MATERIAL: I use high quality, cotton Shaker Tape made here in America from a very small scale, specialty manufacturer. So it is important to note that supply and options can fluctuate and the material is more costly than ever before. Padding is also inserted within the weaving for a longer lifespan. It is a long lasting and worthwhile investment.
There roughly a dozen solid colors available and a few striped options. Clients may choose one color or a mix of 2 colors to create a contrast. As this is a specialty made, small batch material it is important to note that color can waver from batch to batch and from available samples- this is something I cannot control.
I offer Shaker tape in the traditional Checkerboard or Herringbone patterns as well as Diamond, Chevrons, or other specialty patterns.