Parna was founded by Kath Griffiths in 2007 to source and sell the beautiful textiles found in these regions. Kath travels extensively in rural Romania, Hungary and the surrounding regions sourcing vintage textiles and artisnal products.
Kath works with extensively with interior designers and film set and wardrobe departments to source fabrics and costumes for films and period dramas including The Hobbit and Tha Danish Girl
Vintage fabrics and embroideries
Prior to WW2 in many villages the growing harvesting, processing and weaving of hemp and linen was commonplace. The fabrics were made to make clothes, sacks, cart covers, kitchen linens. curtains, basically all the textiles that were used in everyday peasant life. Most houses had a best room furnished with a bed which was highly decorated particulalry on special occasions, with dowry textiles. ofetn beautifully embroidered.
As well as vintage linens Kath works closely with women and master crafters from areas with a strong tradition of folk craft and textile heritage to produce beautifully crafted heritage pieces. Nearly all our products are limited editions. Kath works with Tarnat Kalotaszeg Durabil who wor tirelessly to continue and promote the traditions of the Kalotaszeg region.
Parna from Vintage
Our parna from vintage range was devloped in order make the most of beautiful vintage linen, hemp and embroidery and to pay homage to the women who spent hours hand crafting them.
The durability of these hand woven vintage linens mean that they make excellent upholstery fabric.
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Vintage linen cart covers make excellent heavy curtains, bed covers and very large table cloths
Table cloths from vintage linen mattress covers and cart covers
Table runners from opened out vintage grain and flour sacks or vintage sack cloth linen fabric from rolls.
Vintage sacks and fabric from rolls for blinds, covers, bench cushions and upholstery. Sacks for laundry bags and bath mats.
Use vintage hemp sheets with curtain ring clips to make curtains in literally minutes.
Vintage Linen and Hemp sheets make fantastic curtains, upholstery fabric, Roman blinds and table coverings.
Bespoke; We can indigo-dye and hand-embroider to order. We have a team of skilled seamstresses who can run up cushions and pillows from antique and vintage linens.
For more inforation about our fabrics please see our FAQ page here
We recyle and upcyle to make a range of cushions and soft furnishings from Vintage linen fabrics including grain sack fabric and embroidery
Parna from vintage pieces incorporate traditional techniques and vintage linen hemp and embroidery. Refashioned and reworked, these pieces are designed as heirlooms and include vintage linen cushions, embroidered cushions and other one-offs.