Indigo

Maybe it’s just the jeans connection, but for me indigo signals casual. It’s also one of my favourite colours.

I’ve got some easygoing indigo cushions just added to the shop using mix-and-match fabric combinations from Japan and India, both countries with strong traditions of indigo dyeing.

New indigo cushions

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Ikat at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS

It’s not great to praise an exhibition once it’s finished and no-one else can go, but “World Ikat Textiles … ties that bind” was amazing. I went to see it in June on the final day. The textiles were stunning and included both antique and contemporary cloth from India, China, Japan, South East and Central Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

I’ve always loved Japanese designs and the silk ikats from Uzbekistan but had no idea that ikat was woven in Mexico, for example (or that it would remind me so much of Missoni). Some of the contemporary designs were particularly beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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Feeling blue …

… because it looks like the Dulwich Open House may not come off this weekend. Oh well, at least I can sit comfortably while I work on Plan B.

2016-05-06 16.11.25From left: cotton ikat bolster, Japanese block-printed seersucker check, Japanese block-printed seeersucker in shibori design, midnight blue ikat check.