Browsing articles in "Indian Textiles"

Christie’s Carpets –

Jul 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

Periodic visits to auction sites almost always bear interesting – and educational – results. Upcoming carpet sales at Christie’s include an Axminster carpet with a high estimated bid of over $300, 000 and this more modestly priced Indian dhurrie, estimated at $3,000 – $5,000.

Jeffrey Becom –

Jun 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

In an upcoming gallery exhibition photographer and color expert Jeffrey Becom captures Indian textiles as an extension of the visual landscape.

A Trade For A Trade –

May 31, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A natural follow up to my previous post, A Trade For A Trade (selling “ethical, socially responsible and fairtrade goods”) also has an offering of Indian block print textiles — including exceedingly well priced cut yardage! Click here for textiles at their main website and here for yardage at their Etsy outpost.

Aid To Artisans –

May 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A great resource for socially minded consumers, the non profit Aid To Artisans helps nurture economic growth for artisans and craftspeople around the world. The Indian block print table cloth pictured above is among the many items for sale on their website. (Also available in an alternate colorway here.)

As referenced by Elle Decor, June 2010.

Maharani –

Apr 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Maharani is a nicely designed site from London that offers textiles from India, including antique phulkari from Punjab.  For Wikipedia’s entry on this type of Indian embroidery click here.

Shyam Ahuja –

Apr 17, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Shyam Ahuja’s website is largely still under construction but I think it will be a good source in the future. I saw some beautiful (indoor) fabrics by the company at Janus et Cie so I’m intrigued to see what will be added online in the coming weeks / months. Their Cindy Singh flatweave floor coverings are pictured above.

Sundance Saris & Gudaris –

Mar 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

More Indian textiles and patterns: the Sundance catalog is selling both antique quilted saris and “gudari quilts” (detail shown above). Sundance describes gudaris as saris quilted together with kantha stitching. This is a bit confusing to me as up to now I’ve understood kantha to be exactly what they’re describing as gudaris, not just a style of stitching. — Maybe gudaris are just another iteration of kanthas? In any case, they’re beautiful and they’re here.

Ten Thousand Villages also sells them, though they call them gudris.

Pitchwai –

Feb 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Above, a detail from a 20th century Indian pitchwai (temple hanging) sold at auction at Christie’s earlier this week for just under $6,000. It shows Krishna on a swing surrounded by gopis.

It looks like pitchwai is also sometimes spelled without the “t”.

Bungalow –

Feb 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I just spent an inordinate amount of time happily perusing almost every textile-related post on Katy Elliott — a leisure activity enthusiasts with a bent toward stripes,  plaids, wool blankets and/or  table linens should especially enjoy. (Just search “textile” from the home page to do the same.)

Bungalow is among Elliott’s many posts and is one site I’m particularly glad to know about. Above, a hand blocked pattern sold as curtain panels.

Neeru Kumar –

Feb 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

Discoveries like this more than make up for the many dead ends encountered when blogging regularly about a single (though very broad) subject. Neeru Kumar might be my new textile hero! She’s a designer, a pioneer and an advocate for the preservation of textile traditions in India. Here’s her beautiful website and here’s a 1995 article about her in The Hindu.

Above, a vintage kantha featured on her website.

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