Hello 2011!

And, Hello you!
May this year, and this decade
Be the best ever
For you
For me!
In the very first post of the year, let me introduce you to Ingrid Khan. Ingrid, who stays in Sweden, developed a deep appreciation and love for the traditional stitch and textile craft from Bangladesh, during her many travels to the Indian sub-continent. She works with women artisans from the country, and creates, what could only be called, heirloom textiles.

 This work is known as Nakshi kantha and has traditionally been done on old sarees/fabric. Now, it is also done on silk and fine cotton, or dhaka muslin. Each handcrafted piece can take up to two months or more to make.
Ingrid’s love for design from Indian sub continent is clearly visible in her beautifully done up home…

 [Images from here and here]

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Comments (29)

  1. I just discovered your blog & loved it. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.

  2. wow Bhavna! i need a whole bedroom filled with these beautiful textiles. the deep blue one with the yellow flowers is my fave!

  3. Pretty, isn't it Prachi? 🙂

    Pat, you know the peacocks reminded of the fab painting on your wall! Creative peeps across the world think alike 🙂

    Agree Al…it's gorgeous 🙂

  4. I knew the painter in you would love the backgrounds Kamini 🙂

    Ha ha..thanks Gagan! yay..I have 'my own style' now 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by Krista! Love your blog…very inspiring!

  5. Nakshi kantha is normally done by villagers on old cloth and these are traditional Bengali quilts made of several layers of old cloth , with the embroidery on the top layer .
    Kanthas such as these are very common in rural Bengal and Bangladesh and in Bengali homes .

    They are not primarily done on muslin and silk because villagers naturally would not be able to afford either .
    The motifs are now reproduced on silk and muslin by enterprising designers who get them done by these women . Kantha stitch is nothing but tiny "running"stitches .

  6. So many butiful and inspiering pictures!

    BUT! I love your blog and have been following you for a while. Now I want to invite you and your readers to my blog!

    I am trying out comments in english.

    Please let me know what you all think!

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. Rocking as usual.. Bhavna!! What a lovely start to the new year.. Gorgeous as usual.. I love your posts !! and i always do..

    Hey.. are those peacocks on the wall?? are the painted?? they look gorgeous…

    Such stricking wall.. huuummm… some inspiration for me to do some painting at home.. Thank you love! for being the motivation always..

  8. Gorgeous!!! absolute textile and silai eye candy…thanks for sharing…loved the vibrant materials, and the backdrops…one can feast on the stuff for hours…

  9. Happy New Year to you dear one! May you have much love, happiness, good health and success! Those images are breath taking and the textiles are works of art.

  10. I am drooling over all of these textiles. Thanks for sharing! I had not yet heard of this company and I am now officially their newest fan. Absolutely lovely.

  11. Vintage "bhavna" style! where DO you find these gorgeous images? Thanks for the truckloads of inspiration…….

  12. Gorgeous as always Bhavna! Don't know which I like better, the fabulous textiles or the incredibly beautiful backdrops! Lovely!