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Category Archives: Ethnographic Inspiration

November 23, 2009 India’s Inspiring Mystique

From the famous Patola weaving of Patan to the intricate art of wood block printing, India’s mystical textile legacy has long been a touchstone of inspiration for our global designs. As I was amorously ogling the upcoming spring collection, gorgeous … Continue reading

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July 6, 2009 Shipibo Art

There just isn’t enough room in our catalogues or even on our website to fully describe how special some of our pieces are, and a classic example of that is the Shipibo Artisan Shawl pictured together with the Audrey Dress in the … Continue reading

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September 8, 2008 Interpreting India’s Beauty Into Knit

(A 19th Century Coverlet from Andhra Pradesh.) (Our Shadow Blossom Skirt and Gilded Lily Kimono were inspired by the antique textile shown above.) Beautiful textiles and crafts, vibrant religious festivals and a sensorial cuisine, Andhra Pradesh (situated on the south … Continue reading

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July 3, 2008 Shibori: The Ancient Art of Resist Dyeing

Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping and securing cloth before dyeing.  Rather than treating the cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, … Continue reading

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May 7, 2008 Design Inspiration: A Phoenix Rises to Nobility

In the late 14th century of the Ming Dynasty, the use of woven or embroidered insignia badges were worn at the chest and back of robes to indicate rank in social and military circles.  The mandated system specified a particular … Continue reading

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