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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.

Khadi Redux –

Jan 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

Khadi was the subject of one of my early blog posts back in 2007 and I think this may be the first time I’ve come across it again. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen or felt the real thing in person but it’s definitely developing a mystique, at least in my book! Pictured above is a khadi hand towel from Pale and Interesting (via Nabe Fabric.)

Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art –

Jan 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment

There are currently two tantalizing textile exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections, through July 25th 2010.

and –

An Enduring Motif: The Pomegranate in Textiles, through February 21st 2010.

Above, a detail from the former.

Simrin –

Jan 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Above, one of Simrin’s new Indian inspired designs for the table. The napkin and placemat series (produced in three different colorways) is named Raja, meaning “king” or “princely ruler” in Sanskrit.

Dream Destinations + Sarajo –

Jan 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A two-fold post:

1) I’ve found what might be the ultimate Indian travel experience for textile lovers, Marieke Brugman’s “15 day Exotic Odyssey through Gujarat in Western India”, schedule for February 13th – 27th of this year. It looks completely amazing, as do all of her other trips. Oh, to be free to travel like that!

2) For all those limited (like me) to their arm chairs and computer screens there’s some consolation in exploring the beautiful website Sarajo. It features textiles from all over the world, including Gujarat. Above, a 19th skirt panel from the region.

Ralli Quilts –

Dec 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

The New York Times has an interesting (and heavily emailed) article today on Etsy-based small businesses. The story focuses on the craft angle but of course the site is also great for vintage pieces, including textiles. The image above is a detail of a vintage Ralli quilt currently for sale; the seller’s item description includes a nice write-up on what Ralli quilts are.

Bombay Bliss by Seema Krish –

Nov 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

Seema Krish’s debut collection is called Bombay Bliss and includes six patterns made in a range of fibers and techniques. There are pillows and throws — and fabric by the yard is coming next.

Via Interior Desisgn magazine’s “Market Tabloid” issue, 10/31/09.

Textiles at Zena Kruzick –

Oct 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The website for Zena Kruzick Tribal Art features a diverse selection of non-Western textiles that includes this early 20th century “body cloth” from Nagaland India (detail shot above). The website also has a short bibliography of recommended textile-related books as well as a great long list of links to other tribal art dealers, sites I’ll be happily exploring in the days ahead.

Dosa’s Jamdani –

Aug 5, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A carry-over discovery from my previous post is that David Earp’s charity Shuktara supplies handmade textiles to Dosa, a company started by clothing designer Christina Kim. Part of Kim’s creative mission is to recycle and reuse fabrics to the maximum degree possible and she accomplishes this beautifully in her work with jamdani fabrics from India. (I think a safe / simple definition of jamdani is that it’s a very finely woven cotton, typically used for saris.)

Dosa’s website isn’t set up for linking directly to individual pages but if you’d like to read more about the history of jamdani (very interesting!) and how Dosa is using it today go to the home page, then “special projects”, then “life of jamdani”.

Roberta Roller Rabbit –

Jul 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

RRR’s website is now up and running (or rolling I should say!) and full of great patterns and colors at prices that don’t hurt to look at, budget priorities and disposable income aside. All of her fabrics are hand block printed in India and dried in the sun.

Above, a “fish orange” quilt.