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.
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.
A very Happy New Year from all at ibbi! I know we’ve mentioned our fabulous Kiondo sisal baskets from Kenya before but it is the start of a new year and if, like us, your house is suddenly full of all sorts of goodies which need storing away somewhere, indeed ANYWHERE.. then it really does seems like the perfect time to chat about these gorgeous, fair trade, hand crafted, no-two-the-same storage baskets! We’ve tried, tested and fallen for this collection of sisal storage solutions so when you’re next wondering where to put those spoons and spatulas, or your fruit, veggies, bathroom accessories, all important dog treats and all/some of that teenage/children clobber then do have a look at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk and add a splash of colour to your home and get some of that stuff sorted!
The Kiondo sisal baskets, hand woven in Kasigau, Kenya are available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk and further new collections arriving very soon. Price: from £10 plus p&p.
Our new hand crafted, hand painted ‘Frilly’ jugs have just arrived from our favourite pottery in South Africa and they’re selling fast. We thought they’d make good pressies this Christmas and you seem to think so too! They’re perfect for your milk or winter warming custard. Or why not use as a vase: they look so pretty filled with festive flowers on your breakfast table too. Each jug is unique and there’s lots of colours to choose from.
At ibbi we love our products: they’re not only beautiful but they all have stories to tell. And our new collections of Kiondo baskets from the weaving groups in Kasigau, Kenya are no exception. By buying these products which have been created by small scale crafts people, you’re helping to uplift communities, create employment and support sustainability. The arid rural area of Kasigau is home to many talented weaving groups. Most of the weavers are women, who tend to be the main breadwinners for their families. Their primary source of income is through subsistence farming but when the rains are late or don’t come at all, it is devastating for them. Creating alternative revenue streams through practices such as weaving is therefore of the utmost importance. We are so pleased to be supporting these extraordinary people through trade in a very small way. Every basket created is entirely unique in colour, size and pattern. No two are ever the same. Kiondo baskets add a fabulous splash of colour to your home. They make great Christmas gifts and are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms: store your spatulas and spoons, decant your veggies and fill them to the brim with your bathroom bits!
So: according to the press, as we mentioned in our blog back in October, we’re currently abandoning our neutral palettes and throwing a casual splash more colour and pattern in to our homes. Hurrah! Vibrant cushions, richly coloured rugs and striking accessories are all selling like hot cakes and that probably goes to explain why our most utterly loved extra colourful hand painted ceramics are flying off the ibbi shelves right now. Hand crafted, gorgeous colours and each piece unique: do get in touch if you’d like to see more of our current collection. Product sourcing service available too.
It was the most enormous treat to visit South Africa this week and to meet so many designers and artisans, responsible for making some of our favourite collections here at ibbi. And no treat was greater than visiting the pottery where our vibrant hand painted ceramics are created. Our ceramics are colourful, sunny and beautifully bold: just like those who create them! It’s early spring in South Africa now and the gardens are bursting with spectacular flora. Fairylike emerald humming birds shimmer and miraculously hover before your eyes. And the sky is the most delicious, brilliant, beautiful blue. Inspired? Impossible not to be!