The simplicity of this textile pattern was inspired by Raymond's experience with block–printed textiles in Japan during the 1930s. She had a close working relationship with her architect husband, Antonin Raymond, and her textiles were frequently used in the interiors of buildings he designed. "The doing away with all but essentials, or discipline, is the basis of Japanese charm... All is the direct result of a necessity, be it material or spiritual," the Raymonds observed in 1935. This fabric was part of a prizewinning series submitted to MoMA's Organic Design competition, though only her husband’s name appeared in the credits.
Gallery label from How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior, October 1, 2016–April 23, 2017.