SOLARO: A FAILED EXPERIMENT GONE RIGHT
by David Isle
Many of the products we enjoy today are in fact failed attempts at some other invention. Who knows what you’ll end up with when you set out to discover a brain tonic, a blood pressure medication, or a trade route to India.
Solaro cloth is another of these happy accidents. The original version is woven, as you see in the photo above, with a red weft (the thread that runs across the herringbone) and a beige warp (running along the herringbone). The red thread remains mostly on the underside, but enough shows through on the outward-facing side to combine with the warp thread to complicate the color of the cloth.
The initial motivation for this technique, however, was not aesthetic, but practical.