Textiles

Kutch textiles: Pabiben Rabari, the female tribal entrepreneur

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In our current fast-paced and globalised world, we are faced with some important questions about our past, present and future: how to preserve traditions and yet make them relevant today? Can we preserve the skills and knowledge but evolve at the same time? Many artisans, craftsmen and designers around the world are [...]

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Kutch textiles: embroidery, applique, quilts & patchwork

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Embroidery plays a eminent role in Kutch textiles, and Gujarat was the world's centre for commercial embroidery in the 17th century. The area was renowned for its mochi (meaning 'cobbler' in Gujarati and Hindi) embroidery maintained by the Mochis, who were originally cobblers but developed their own style of embroidery technique on [...]

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Kutch textiles: Kala Raksha centre for embroiders

Posted on May 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
When I was doing my workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya, the founder Judy Frater mentioned that she had co-founded and ran another Trust before moving to Somaiya Kala Vidya, and she said that the centre is located in a beautiful and tranquil environment just outside of Bhuj. Luckily, we did pay a [...]

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Kutch textiles: Ajrakh & blockprinting in Ajrakhpur

Posted on May 3, 2019 by Toothpicker

Ajrakhpur – the land of Ajrakh
 
Before my trip to India, my knowledge on Indian textiles was minimal, yet the textiles workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya (see my earlier post) completely opened my eyes. I did not realise that block printing is such a complex and time-consuming process, especially when only natural dyes [...]

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Natural dyeing & blockprinting workshop in Kutch, India

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
After my 10-day textiles workshop in Japan last year, I wanted to learn more about natural and indigo dyeing, so I did the Natural dyeing course for two terms at Morley College in London. The more I learnt about the subject, the more I realised that India had to be my [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Design, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, India, Indian design, blockprinting, Kutch, Bandhani and was tagged with traditional crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, India, Indian design, bandhani, block printing, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles


Boro textiles at Amuse museum (closed in 2019)

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

Boro – real astonishment exhibition
 
After spending so much time in the rural countryside, I found it hard to cope with the hustle and bustle back in Tokyo, and felt slightly dazy and detached from reality. My original Airbnb booking was cancelled by a host in Tokyo at the last minute, (the 2nd [...]

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Japanese textiles workshop (Part 2): Katagami & Katazome

Posted on October 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Top: a visit and demonstration of katagami by the Ise-Katagami artisan Isao Uchida

 
Like I mentioned in my previous entry, my knowledge on traditional Japanese textiles techniques was quite minimal before the workshop. I have done some shibori techniques like itajime and pole wrapping, but I have never done any stitch shibori nor [...]

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Shibori & indigo dyeing textiles workshop in Fujino (Part 1)

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Lately, I have beein trying to recall when I first became interested in textiles, initially I thought it was after seeing a Japanese textiles exhibition at MOMA years ago. But then I remember how I used to draw/sketch historical costumes after seeing them on TV drama series, and this made me realise [...]

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Mr Shindo's shibori map of Arimatsu

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
One big mistake I made when I was planning my trip was that I underestimated the traveling and transferring time of using the public transport in Japan. Trains are punctual and frequent if you are traveling to major and more populated cities, but it becomes more complicated if you want to go [...]

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Hiroyuki Shindo's Little indigo museum in Miyama

Posted on September 15, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Sometimes it doesn't matter how much planning you do before your trip, things would still go wrong... but miraculously, some kind strangers/ locals would appear out of nowhere to help you out. I am sure many people have had these experiences when they travel, and I think it is probably the most [...]

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