|Delectable Mountain Cloth sign in window display.|
An errand brought my husband and I to southern Vermont a few weeks ago; we revisited a favorite store in Brattleboro. "Store" doesn't quite convey the immersive experience at Delectable Mountain Cloth, where the shopper is enveloped, and practically swaddled by, bolts, bundles, and rolls of luxury fibers, all murmuring "touch me."
Owner - really, curator - Jan Norris has been sourcing the finest in silks, velvets, linens and cottons for 35 years. Wares are displayed beautifully in a profusion of baskets and pressed glass dishes, which are in turn deployed on doilies or glimmering mirrored trays. There's a theatrical quality to the displays, which is fitting as these fabrics are ready to make an entrance once transformed into special garments and adornments.
|Bundles of fabrics in creamy tones.|
This store is an amazing resource; worth a special trip if you find yourself within striking distance. Jan also stocks buttons of all descriptions, scarves made from her fabrics, and fun jewelry.
|Jan Norris (foreground) and assistant.|
|Buttons in my favorite colors - violet and lavender.|
|Silks are a specialty.|
|The quilt in the background is by Jan, who is also a talented artist.|
|A delightful display of special textiles.|