America has enjoyed a long tradition of textile manufacturing, from Betsy Ross cross-stitching the Constitution to Neil Armstrong knitting Apollo 11. Aesthetically express your own rugged individualism with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fabric at Urban Burp.
This eclectic material mart amasses bounteous bolts of rare vintage and reproduction fabrics encompassing century-spanning themes, designs, and patterns. Urban Burp spins a veritable history of 20th-century design trends, stockpiling everything from geometric haberdashery (starting at $26/yard) to mid-century modern motifs ($26–$38/yard) to futuristic holo-felt (price upon request).
Deck out kids' rooms with colorful vintage materials, such as an action-packed super-hero pattern or a whimsical depiction of by-gone biplanes. For rooms emulating a single slice of the color wheel, Urban Burp vends a gaggle of monochromatic and tone-on-tone offerings, as well as classic French and English country scenes. Prices vary by fabric, but stitch-wizards and tackticians can expect to pay around $6–$26 per yard of vintage cotton prints, or $28–$38 per yard of vintage silks.
Far more than an emporium of colorful textile patterns, Urban Burp holds over 5 tons of vintage fabric dating back to the early 20th century, collecting original vintage threads that weave memory and nostalgia into their very fabric. The studio takes its unusual name from the intense experience of recognition that seeing and touching a piece of familiar pattern can bring. "All that emotion has been shoved down into the lower chakras and all of a sudden it takes one piece of fabric to bring you back to that place," owner Electra Skilandat told The San Francisco Chronicle. She continues to elicit that response with bolts of cloth decorated with the floral designs and abstract art of the 1920s, or the bold color mixtures and fractal patterns that were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Skilandat traces her love affair with textile design back to her childhood in Boston, where her mother lovingly hand-crafted all of her clothes for school and play. Over the years, Electra amassed a collection of over 1,000 bolts of fabric and experience in interior decor. After the death of her only son, she rediscovered her creative instincts, opening the fabric shop with upholstery and drapery services that would precede Urban Burp's stunning display of warp and weft. As guests peruse the studio's ample supply of original vintage pictorial and patterned designs, sewing patterns, and notions, Skilandat unfurls her decades of wisdom during interior decor consultations.
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