summer

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.

 

Life’s Simple Pleasures..

dodo blog 1At ibbi we love life’s simple pleasures and can’t help embracing the quirky. So when we spotted these metal flamingo watering cans in Rajasthan we couldn’t resist them. Yes. We’ve told you about them before.. but it’s summer and what better way to spend a few moments of your day than pottering on your patio, drenching your dalhias, dousing your delphiniums and soaking your sweet peas!

There are fish watering cans available in fabulous tropical colours too!

Whacky watering cans: £14.50 plus p&p. At http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

 

Simple But True: It Always Looks Better By Candlelight!

ibbi100 candle for blog 2Simple but true: everything look better by candlelight! Whatever the temperature this summer, whether you’re dining on the beach, in the garden or round the kitchen table, our ibbi 100 candles clustered in the centre of your table will add lots of lovely gentle light and bags of simple style. The candles are still available at just £3.50 and all profits from this product go straight to the Magic Bus charity (supporting some of India’s poorest slum children from childhood to livelihood). You’ll also be supporting the fabulous work of the Asha Niketan ‘Home of Hope’ in West Bengal where the candles are made. The candles sit in simple hand made terracotta pots and are either unscented or Indian Basil scented. ibbi 100 candles: £3.50 plus p&p: available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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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When Big, Bold And Fluffy Really Works..

IMG_4699Big, bold and fluffy may not work when it comes to slippers (major tripping hazard ) and dogs (nightmare to detangle and keep clean) but when it comes to our Ashley Pom Pom Key rings, big bold and fluffy is a simple sensation! It’s a well known fact that keys have a life of their own and for some inexplicable reason insist (particularly when you’re short of time) on hiding. But the Ashley Pom Pom key rings are big, bright, fantastically fluffy and oh so easy to find (however hard they try to hide). So save yourself yourself lots of time and lots of unnecessary stress. The Pom Poms come in 9 great colours so you can even chose a different colour for each member of your family! They’re available in red, pink, purple, turquoise, teal, slate, claret, black and emerald green.

Ashley Pom Pom Key rings: £8.50 plus p&p at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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Fabulous Frazada and super soft kantha: Al fresco dining ibbi style

Fabulous frazadas, available at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

The Fabulous Frazada: available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

School’s out and it’s time to get outdoors! And whether you’re beach bound or simply relaxing at home, there’s nothing quite like throwing down a rug and enjoying an impromptu picnic with family and friends. Why not have a look at our frazadas: versatile and vintage, these handwoven textiles, created in the Andes using llama wool and natural pigments, make perfect picnic rugs and the most super stylish of throws on sofas and beds too. Vibrant and full of cultural charm, our hand picked throws have a timeless appeal and each is unique. Our softest vintage Indian kanthas make fabulous picnic rugs too. Check out our latest collections: they’re changing all the time.

And what to eat at your picnic? Try a summer favourite: chop up and roast butternut squash, onions, courgettes and peppers in olive oil. Add a little truffle salt if you have it and black pepper too. Before serving add cooked quinoa and wild rice, some feta, broccoli, fresh coriander, mint and avocado. And finish with a good squeeze of fresh lime. Simple and scrummy.

Have a very happy, very delicious summer!

Vintage kantha: £110. Frazada from £220, all available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

 

Up, up and away!

Anna's washbag shot CappersIf you’re airport bound you’ll be needing these! Get ready to go with our fabulous Indian cotton bags. Make up and wash bags are perfect for all manner of accessories and beauty essentials (under 100mls of course) and beach totes have oodles of room for all your essential carry on kit. Striking stylish designs and great Summer ready colours too.

From £8.50 at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk