Browsing articles in "Indian Textiles"

Masala Chai & Beyond –

Jul 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

It’s easy to find yourself far aloft and far from home in the search for new textile inspiration. Tonight it’s India with three sites of interest: Masala Chai, Anek Designs (pillow featured here), and the Indian textile importer Maharaja Me.

A Length of Sarasa –

Mar 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Events in Japan weigh heavily, not only for the well-being of all those directly involved in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, but for what these events say about our collective human plight. The textile above isn’t Japanese, but was made in India in the late 17th / early 18th century for the Japanese market. It’s a small reminder of the long history of our global interconnectedness. Here’s a link to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s database entry on the piece.  (It’s referred to as a “length of Sarasa”, a term I’m not familiar with.)

BoConcept –

Jan 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment

– Colorful sari throws from BoConcept. See Elle Decor’s post here for details.

Recycled Saris –

Dec 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A Trade For A Trade is now selling recycled sari blankets and scarves — and by the looks of it they’re going fast. A detail from their Black Dot Kantha blanket is shown above.

Raksha Bella –

Oct 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Really yummy organic bedding from Raksha Bella. It’s produced in Pune India through a co-op structure focused around micro-finance.

Via (the now retired) More Ways To Waste Time.

Robert Kime at Christie’s –

Oct 15, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Robert Kime’s fabric collection is among my favorites for its timeless mix of prints and patterns from England, India, Asia and beyond.  On October 27th Christie’s reaches beyond Kime’s brand name by holding an extensive auction of antiques and collectibles from his estate. Above, a grouping of three Indian Silk Brocade Saris with an auction estimate of $640 – $960.

Saffron Marigold –

Oct 6, 2010 | Leave a Comment

If you love Indian prints and patterns and/or have a hankering for beautiful and well priced textiles (made with fair trade principles) then Saffron Marigold is a site for you.  Their India Rose Euro sham is pictured above.

To Dye For –

Sep 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Click here for my article for Hand/Eye magazine on a really wonderful textile exhibition – To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color – now on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Jeannette Farrier –

Aug 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I was admiring a throw like this last week and got a story to go with it: Jeannette Farrier, wandering India over a decade ago, fell in love with traditional kantha textiles.  Now she works with women of West Bengal (paid well and supported in their craft) to supply kantha for fashion and home.

Ms. Parmar’s Trip –

Jul 23, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Here’s a very inspiring article from The New York Times about a traditional textile artist, Ms. Parmar, who recently traveled from her rural village in Gujarat India to Manhattan. The embroidered and mirrored bag above isn’t one of her creations but it is a good example of the craft she’s expert in. Visit the website of Australian shop Palm Beads to see additional photographs, or to purchase.