We are really excited about the Selvedge Spring Fair 2014. It’s heaven for textile lovers and the perfect place to pick up something new and handcrafted for your home.
We will be on stand B11 showcasing our new Chiapas collection of contemporary cushions and runners handwoven using pre-Hispanic weaving techniques, our fabulous tribal embroidered cushions and floor cushions and our organic handwoven baskets from Swaziland.
We have two tickets to the fair to giveaway to the first person to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Hurry as tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis!
Getting To The Selvedge Spring Fair:
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Kensington and Chelsea
Friday 4th April 11am – 5pm, Evening reception 6pm – 8pm
Saturday 5th April, 10am – 5pm
Hope to see you there.
Stuck for ideas for Mother’s Day? Why not give a handcrafted gift this year? Here are a few suggestions from our collection of interior accessories handcrafted by global artisans.
Top: Our trinket box which is handcrafted from copper and brass by Tambat coppersmiths using techniques dating back to the seventeenth century. It’s perfect for storing jewellery and looks great on a dressing table or desk.
Middle: Block weave Bonakele Baskets. Black and natural baskets handwoven by women in Swaziland. They make great fruit or bread baskets and the largest size is perfect for displaying magazines.
Bottom: Lastly our copper meditation bowl, one of our best sellers. They make striking table displays filled with floating flower heads or tea lights. The light reflects against the copper creating a warm blushing glow.
I was looking through photos of my sourcing trip in India last year and came across these wonderful examples of phulkari embroidery, which I was lucky enough to see in a private collection in Bhuj in Gujarat. Phulkari literally means flower work and is a style of embroidery which comes from the Punjab, and is normally applied to woven shawls and head scarves for domestic or ceremonial use.. The embroidery is done from the reverse of the fabric, known as khaddar, which is locally spun, hand woven naturally dyed cloth normally of a reddish brown colour, using a silk floss in yellow, white, pink or orange.
Phulkari’s are made for family use. They are often started at the birth of a new baby. After a ceremony to welcome the child the grandmother will begin to embroider a shawl, which will be used at that grandchild’s wedding.
Phulkaris either feature geometric designs or like, the one above motifs, in this case peacocks, from everyday life. I love the mix of colours in this example.
When a shawl is completely covered in embroidery so that you can’t see the backing fabric, like the one above, it is known as a bagh (garden). The geometric patterned shawls skilfully mix horizontal and vertical stitches to create a beautiful shimmery effect as you can see above. It’s incredible to think that this entire piece has been worked from the reverse.
Two very different styles of phulkari embroidery. Which one do you prefer?