I cannot explain why I am so obsessed with the mystery. Nor can I justify my time spent in the relentless search. However, the question still remains…..what is the flower depicted on our Exotica Skirt?
I spoke with the designer and she told me that it was inspired by a flower in a large 18th century French textile (see above). She did not know the exact botanical species except to offer that it looked tropical.
I searched hundreds of images on the internet to no avail. I contacted a retired horticulturist who also could not identify it. However, he did drop a heavy encyclopedia of tropical flowers on my desk. (insert thud)
Many blurry pages later I can only conclude that the flower must be an artist hybrid. A stylized combination of blooms. Perhaps a Water Lily combined with the flower of a Floss Silk Tree or a tropical Dahlia mixed with the pedals of an Iris.
I now pose the question to you, our blog audience. What do you think our exotic flower could be?
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