The Floating World Collection is inspired by the Japanese Ukiyoe style, a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. The Ukiyoe or “Floating World” was concerned with capturing the beauty of the passing moment in everyday life. This beauty could include: the first snow fall on a distant hill top, the early morning mist in a valley, maple leaves floating down a river in autumn, cherry blossom petals scattered by the spring wind.
The Floating World collection from Snow Leopard Designs, by Philip Jacobs, vividly captures this same ethereal beauty. The designs are inspired by the many antique prints, paintings and drawings in the Snow Leopard archive, carefully adapted for fabric to reflect this same essential quality of timelessness.