Browsing articles from "May, 2009"

Furoshiki –

May 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

From the website by the same name:

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Although possibly dating back as far as the Nara period, the name, meaning “bath spread”, derives from the Edo period practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the sento (public baths). Before becoming associated with public baths, furoshiki was known as hiradzutsumi, or flat folded bundle. Eventually, the furoshiki’s usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift.

Textiles in the News –

May 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

…An addition to my (very) periodic series of “textiles in the news” posts: the image above was taken by Beatrice de Gea for The New York Times and documents the burial of a newborn in Tanzania. (For the full article and accompanying slide show click here). The intimacy of the composition is made more gripping by the jarring contrast between the lively textiles worn and the mournful task undertaken.

The article refers to Kanga cloths further described by Wikipedia.

Leo & Kesho is a website where more images of Kangas (and their counterpart Kitenges) can be seen.

Pat McGann –

May 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

…A striking 19th century Japanese futon cover offered by Los Angeles gallery Pat McGann. Check out their 1st Dibs sponsored website for additional textiles from Japan, Mexico, Africa and beyond.

Anokhi –

May 19, 2009 | 3 Comments

In the world of design-related blogging there are few things more tantalizing than finding a print article that’s dedicated to an area of interest, richly photographed and capped off with a pertinent website. So when I saw this article in The New York Time’s Summer 2009 travel magazine this weekend about the Jaipur-based company Anokhi I wasted no time in tearing it out. But alas, Anokhi’s website doesn’t give you much to look at — just a long list of shops and stockists. The US supplier does have a site that gets you closer to the product, but no fabric by the yard. Though I shouldn’t complain: they do sell scarves and at such generous sizes and prices one could really do a lot with them.

Alberto Levi –

May 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

This week’s New York Times review of the current New York International Tribal & Textile Arts Show (through this Sunday / wish I was there) lead me to the Alberto Levi Gallery website — quite a visual feast! The site is full of amazing images of a whole range of interesting textiles, like the 1950’s Berber carpet shown here There are also great contemporary carpets to pine over in the section on contemporary rug art.

Rajboori –

May 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment

From Time magazine’s April 2009 review of noteworthy green design: “Richly colored bedding from Rajboori combines jacquard weaves with geometric patterns and uses an exclusively developed silk, derived via a sustainable process that leaves silkworms unharmed.”

Designers Guild –

May 9, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Designers Guild (powered by the artistic vision of Tricia Guild and known for very colorful large scale prints and a kind of hyper-stylized take on “shabby chic”) has – as I explored this evening – a very satisfying and easy to navigate website that also actually sells things on-line, a rare thing for a company primarily geared to a trade-only market. And not only do they sell things on-line, they also have sales on-line, wherein items like the above blanket are offered at considerable discount.

Anupama –

May 5, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Anupama works with Indian artisans and craftsman to create a beautiful – and eclectic – line of hand-printed and hand-painted fabrics, table cloths and pillows, including some replete with meditating Buddhas.

Judy Ross Textiles, Sample Sale –

May 2, 2009 | Leave a Comment

For those in New York City, Judy Ross Textiles is having a sample sale May 7th-9th.

Details: Thursday 12-7 / Friday 12-7 / Saturday 12-6. Location, 41 Union Square West #931 at 17th and Broadway (weekend entrance at 22 East 17th St.). Phone: 212 842-1705.

For those not in NYC (like myself), there’s the fantasy of going to a Judy Ross sample sale next weekend…