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.
It’s almost Easter and with all this glorious Spring sunshine we’re getting ready for a long weekend of celebrations. We hope you have a fabulous Easter! At ibbi, we’ll be:
Eating: freshly baked hot cross buns, straight from the oven. Too mouthwateringly droolingly good for words (and possibly the only thing better than choccie eggs at Easter?)
Shopping: because who doesn’t love an Easter offer! and happy news: some of our absolute personal favourites will be up to 50% off this Easter so you’ll be able to add a splash of cool colour to your home for less!
Decorating: we’ll adorn our Easter table with all things simple and beautiful: bunches of fresh Spring flowers picked straight from the garden, pretty painted ceramic bowls piled high with choccie eggs, lots and lots of colourful candles and lanterns too with small tea lights (candlelight wins every time) . We’ll merrily mix and match our table linen to create a beautiful individual dining style. Plain linens and block prints go beautifully together. It’s the small details that can have the greatest impact. You really don’t have to think big at all. Mix it up every time.
Drinking: Orange and Rosemary Mimosas (delicious for Easter: make a syrup from sugar and water and then add rosemary sprigs and orange peel..allow to cool. Add a splash of fresh lime and a squeeze of orange juice to the strained syrup and add to chilled prosecco. Garnish with rosemary and a twist of orange and lime peel. Simply too good!)
Going: absolutely nowhere. Isn’t it great to stay put if you can? Enjoy some wonderful home time with family and friends. You can even encourage them to help you dig the garden too!
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Pictured: Hand painted ceramics from £12, colourful candles £2 each, inlay candle holders from £17, block printed napkins £20 for a pack of 5. Check out our glass and brass lanterns too: from £9.95. All available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk
Mrs Das (2nd from right) and some of her magnificent team pictured here next to Rita (far right).
In lush green peaceful countryside several hours South of Kolkata lives the wonderful Mrs Sagarika Das. She is responsible for the talented team of ladies in her village who hand stitch our ibbi throws and beautifully embroidered one-off pieces. Accompanied by Rita (representative of our favourite fair trade organisation in Kolkata), we visit Mrs Das and her team regularly on our trips to India and after talking through the designs and colours of our new home accessories, we always look forward to a spectacular lunch which we all enjoy together on the rooftop of her home. Here on the cool rooftop is where the ladies will sew for 4 or 5 hours together each day, before they leave to pick up their children from school. They will then continue to sew in their own homes in the evenings. Being part of a fair trade organisation allows these talented women to stay in their village and Mrs Das always tells us how their fine textile work has boosted their confidence and given them all such a sense of pride. If you’ve seen our throws you’ll know how immaculate their work is. Our new collections of throws will be arriving later this month. Do look out for them!
100% of the profit from our ibbi100 products goes straight to the Magic Bus projects which support some of India’s poorest slum children. And this month we’d like to offer you our ibbi100 super vibrant Indian cotton aprons, napkins and tablecloths, in either stunning turquoise or fuschia pink.
Spring is here! What better way to transform the character of your table than by adding pots of fresh Spring flowers straight from the garden and glorious splashes of colour with vibrant table linen. Our tablecloths and napkins are great for mixing and matching and over time take on a fabulous faded charm. And why not have fun round the table this Easter with your own table napkin challenge? Napkin fold away to your heart’s content and let your imagination run wild: create Easter bunnies, pointy hats, cuddly hens or pretty flowers. And there’s always beautiful triangles for the more artistically challenged!
You might also like our no-nonsense waist aprons, made from finest Keralan cotton. Wear them, wash them, hang them out in the sunshine to dry. The more they’re used, the better they get. Perfect for busy bakers and teenagers eager to help in the kitchen this Easter!