Jaipur

Celebrating The Start Of Summer

 

 

 

 

Today officially marks the start of Summer: a great time to refresh and add some colour to your home. So if you’re searching for seasonal accessories to brighten your outdoor or indoor space then hunt no more: our collection of hand block printed homewares will have you dreaming of long lazy, hazy Summer days and they’re perfect for adding a touch of hand crafted beauty to any interior. Mixing and matching block print with textiles of different colours and textures creates an individual, relaxed style. Our block printed products are created for us in Jaipur using traditional block printing techniques (as tried and tested by ibbi co-founders Eliza and Anna on their travels through Rajasthan earlier this year!)  If you love our table linen, quilts and home accessories then we thought you might like to see a little about how they are made:

ibbi co-founder Eliza: block printing in Jaipur

And ibbi co-founder Anna block printing too!

 

The process of block printing has been practiced in Rajasthan for over 500 years, introduced by the Chhipa community from the village of Bagru, an area now famous for its vegetable dye block printing. The physical Sheesham wooden blocks are meticulously carved by hand, with each colour in the design carved in a separate block. The outline block or the ‘rekh’ is usually the most intricate. Once the colours have been chosen and have been poured in to wooden trays, the process of stamping the pattern on to the stretched cotton fabric begins. Each colour pattern is stamped on to the fabric individually by the Printing Master and the tiny irregularities, the subtle gaps or overlaps are a beautiful reminder of the intricate process of creating this iconic product. The block printing villages are renowned for the rhythmic ‘tock-tock’ sound of the wood blocks stamping patterns on to fabric. A wonderful reminder to all visitors of the significance of this stunning artisan work.

Sheesham wood blocks

 

Our block printed napkins have arrived!

 

ibbi Block printed accessories: all made in Jaipur and available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Our thanks to Mehera Shaw for additional information.

 

Autumn Chills and Block Printed Quilts

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There’s already an Autumn chill in the air and don’t you think it’s a perfect time to be thinking about adding a touch more style, warmth and luxury to your bedroom space.  Our latest Indian block printed quilts are a perfect addition to throw on the bed when the temperature starts to fall and they look so pretty when layered with soft linens, crisp cottons or cosy knitted throws. Much as we love  a splash of the vibrant, we think quilts should be rather soothing in colour but they look wonderful, scattered with colourful rich velvet and cool vintage kantha cushions.  Happy styling.. and stay cosy! And if you’d like to learn more about the traditional art of block printing fabric, have a look at the info attached. unspecified-597

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Cosy Autumns and Kantha Throws

So it’s farewell to the Summer and time to cosy on down and embrace the Autumn! And as textiles are such a quick and easy way to add comfort to any room, we’re delighted with our latest collection of little vintage kantha quilts (queen size kanthas arriving very soon too..we’ll keep you posted!). Kantha quilts have been created in Bangladesh and West Bengal for over 500 years. They’re made by stitching together layers of vintage saris with a ‘kantha’ running stitch, often in a bold contrasting coloured cotton thread and every kantha is entirely unique, oozing cool style and timeless charm! They’re great for uni rooms as they’re very easy to maintain and are machine washable too. So be bold with your hues and get ready to drape away: you can throw little kanthas over your tables, chairs and sofas and queen size kanthas are fabulous as chic bedspreads. You may not want to colour up your entire home but you can always dip your toes in by adding a few colourful hints here and there. Take a peek…

All little kanthas available now. £40 plus p&p at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Queen size kantha throws will be available soon

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Travel, ibbi Style..

rickshaw 2The moment summer arrives and the weather warms up, isn’t it great to be outdoors? There’s nothing quite like finding a free day to grab your friends, your kids, a couple of throws, a pile of cushions and a basket of delicious picnic goodies and head off to the beach, the river or the park for a little al fresco dining and some long overdue hours of outdoor fun. And the ultimate stylish transport as you set off to relax and enjoy the great outdoors for the day? What better than a vintage cycle rickshaw straight from the streets of Jaipur! Our ibbi rickshaws are the real McCoy and have have been meticulously restored in the UK using genuine Indian bicycle parts . All have retractable canopies and new ash canopy frames. It’s a great workout (who wants to be in the gym in the summer anyway?) but if the thought of exercise doesn’t appeal, our rickshaws look equally gorgeous (if you’ve the space) parked in your conservatory or hallway. Cover with pots of brightly coloured geraniums for a splash of extra colour. They’re ideal for weddings too!

Our rickshaws start at £1,250 plus delivery. Each one unique. Do get in touch at info@ibbidirect.co.uk if you’d like to hear more.

Available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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ibbi loves: Fiona Caulfield and the Love Travel Guides

Fiona Caulfield's fabulous Love Travel guides

Fiona Caulfield’s fabulous Love Travel guides are now available at ibbi

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide by Fiona Caulfield

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide  £27.99

Thinking of travelling to India? Put these on your must-have list. We are delighted that we’re now stockists of our favourite Indian travel guides by Fiona Caulfield. These beautiful books, lovingly crafted from eco-friendly hand-made paper, are packed with glorious illustrations and spectacular recommendations, which will enable you to access an abundance of authentic experiences whilst on your travels. Fiona developed the Love Travel Guides back in 2007 after making India her home. The books are bursting with gems which reflect both her own recommendations and tips collected from her vast network of local friends and travellers. Our early visits to Rajasthan were undoubtedly all the more fascinating thanks to Fiona’s guides. Without her, we’d never have discovered so many of our favourite hidden corners, including a personal favourite: the glorious Gulab Ji Chai Stall, where purveyors of the City’s most delicious tea have maintained the ritual of giving bread and chai to hundreds of homeless people now for over 60 years!

So if you’re hoping to learn more about local customs, forts and palaces, book shops, street food, metal trunks, kite makers, camel nose pins, specialist textiles, sitars, spas, balloon safaris or, of course, where to stay, then simply enjoy poring over the pages of these essential, honest and most knowledgeable guides.

Fiona is committed to conscious travel too. Her books recommend wherever possible supporting socially and environmentally sustainable organisations which make a significant contribution to livelihood support and improved living conditions in India. And 10% of the profits from her books go to the Love Travel Foundation ( to contribute to conscious travel in India) .

We can’t recommend these reads more highly and we hope you’ll love them and share them, just as we have. Spread the word!

The Love Travel Guides available are: Love Delhi, Love Jaipur, Rajasthan, Love Mumbai and Love Goa.

At http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk £27.99 each + p&p

 

One of the many beautiful illustrations from the Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guides

Beautiful illustrations from the Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide

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