New to Mungo, Designer Lenore Schroeder delved into our vast archives of historic patterns and designs; a treasure chest for ideas and inspiration. She studied the checks of the classic Harris Tweed that was originally woven on the very Hattersley looms we use at Mungo today. She was equally fascinated by the three-dimensional effect of the waffle weave. The neat, pocket-like structure of this famous weave and the cross-sections of colour synonymous with the plaid check became the building blocks for the Vrou-Vrou.
By experimenting with intersections of colour and increasing the scale of the well-known plaid check, Lenore turns a classic design into something intriguing, graphic and contemporary. Read more about the creation of the Vrou-vrou (and the comedy of errors that took place during its production) here.
To see the weaving of our Vrou-Vrou – and other products – in action, come and visit us at the Mungo Mill. Open daily, with free guided tours available on weekends.
What’s in a name?
Originally called the ‘Vrou Throw’ after the Afrikaans word for lady. After a series of tongue-twisting mispronunciations and closer definition inspection we nicknamed it the Vrou-Vrou; a play on the phrase ‘frou frou’ meaning heavily ornamental and elaborate (adj.) or a rustling sound of fabric (n.).
The Vrou-Vrou is woven from Southern African grown cotton on our wide width Dornier looms at the new Mungo Mill in Plettenberg Bay.
The classic waffle weave has a cellular structure which gives the Vrou-Vrou a chunky body and texture. The pure cotton yarn ensures that it remains light and breathable, perfect for year round luxury.
Although called the Vrou Throw, it’s technically a full sized blanket, made to cover a bed, but also great for an evening stroll or marking your spot by the lake.
Each Vrou-Vrou is woven with 9 different coloured yarns. The warp features 5 colour variations and the weft features 4.