Posts tagged textiles
Sourcing Textiles from Around the World, Joanna Williams speaks on Indian Textiles

Joanna Williams is a Creative Consultant from Los Angeles, who sources Textiles & Rarities from Around the World on her travels. She founded the Kneeland. co, a design concept studio and inspiration resource through which she works with leading design and interior brands on textile projects. We speak with her to understand her views on Indian textiles and it’s relevance in contemporary design culture.

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Handworked Eri Silk from Assam

Handwork Studio operates at the intersection of craft, commerce, research and design, mobilizing high levels of skill and tradition to sustain local communities while recontextualizing traditional techniques within a contemporary design aesthetic.One of our most exciting collaborations is currently underway in Assam, India, where we are working with the innovative 7Weaves, a community and ecologically focused bioregional silk initiative.

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The Gaddis of Himachal and their Sheep-Wool Crafts

The Gaddini arrives at the wedding, moving her head slowly, so as to not disturb the splendid, golden nose-ring. Her mahindi-covered hand holds in place the red and gold chiffon, draped over her head. Her heavily pleated, floral skirt sweeps across the floor. Wrapped around, and around, her waist is a dora, a sheep-wool rope, the most distinguishing feature of the attire of the Gaddis.

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India in Australia

An artisanal and ethical brand from Sydney, hopes to bridge the gap between artisanal work and fashion by combining cultural forms of silhouette and woven textile in single garments. Badaam was founded by creative director Priyanka Kaul in 2017. Badaam's thoughtful philosophy ensures ethical production of handwoven and natural fabrics in healthy work environments.

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Indigo Resist Dyeing from Sindh

Our passion for Indigo dyeing led us to communities in Sindh, Pakistan where this tradition can be traced back to the ancient Indus civilization, more than 5000 years ago. Today, Indigo dyeing is still practiced along the banks of the River Indus. Our explorations started with traditional Ajrak textile patterning methods.

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Ajrakh, A Perfect Balance

Gujarat, our land, our Inspiration, our Muse! Vraj:bhoomi’s roots lie in Gujarat, a prosperous state with high spirits, dynamic society and cheerful celebrations, a state with its true colors of rich heritage and cultural traditions. There is so much that the state has to offer in terms of inspiration

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A Blueprint From ‘Boro’ 

The term ‘boro,’ for ‘ragged’ refers to traditional Japanese textiles patched together by hand from scraps of cloth. They are stunning every time you look at them: a sea of blue cloth interjected with patterned patches of cotton – discarded in a forgotten century – worn around the edges, and dotted with stitches as if mended in haste. A result of need rather than want, boros are imprecise, the design of the whole, unspecific but thoroughly compelling.  

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Adornment in Rajasthan

India’s rich culture is easily exhibited in its majestic forts, incredible food, and royal palaces but perhaps most delightfully, in its jewellery and textile traditions. Rajasthani dress is particularly elaborate and colourful, beautifully decorated with mirror and traditional printwork.

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