Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Another lovely addition to our fabric range is the beautiful fabrics from Les Indiennes, named "Best Fabric Collection of 2006" by Homes and Gardens magazine.

Les Indiennes certified organic cotton fabrics are hand-printed in a tiny village in Southern India. Textile designer Mary Mulcahy works directly with a craftsman named Srinivas who still works in the ancient art of Kalamkari, an extremely complex textile process requiring 15 steps and 40 days to complete.

The cotton is repeatedly boiled, washed and bleached in the sun. Hand-carved teak blocks are dipped in dyes derived from plants, roots, earth and rock. Each pattern is meticulously pressed onto the cloth by hand. Les Indiennes perpetuates and sustains the ancient art of Kalamkari while providing fair-trade incomes to over 50 families in the village.

See Les Indiennes for a flip book showing examples of the collection.

The whole collection can be seen by appointment at our showroom in West London.

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