Tammis Keefe butterflies print scarf late 1940s-50s

1950s Clothing



This late 1940s or early 1950s butterflies print long scarf or stole/wrap uses a textile designed by the great Tammis Keefe. Keefe was known for her whimsical designs, many like this one, focusing on subjects from the natural world, like cute bugs and animals. Sadly, her textile design career was very short, from mid-1940s to her death in 1960. During that time she created some wonderful prints, much sought after by collectors. Keefe designed fabric prints for items that were then manufactured by Kimball, and sold via department stores and other retailers under the Kimball name. Most often her designs are found on hankies and tea towels, so this longer scarf or stole is bit unusual. The print combines minty blue-green and cream stripes with red-orange spotted butterflies, on a fine, nearly sheer cotton cambric (the fabric often used for vintage handkerchiefs), with hand-rolled edges. The scarf or stole is definitely long and wide enough to wrap around your shoulders as shown, but also looks great tied or draped at the neck. It is in very good condition, with some yellowing the rolled edges and 2 small areas of discoloration: one with what looks like small rust marks and another, faintly yellowed area along the center fold line. Please see my close-up photos--I have not spot cleaned/attempted to remove the marks. A great find for a collector of Tammis Keefe mid-century textiles, the butterfly print is cheerful and fun for anyone to wear!

Size: 85” long by 19.5” wide
Label: Tammis Keefe signature, A Scarf by Kimball