march took me back to shoreditch, in a little bit of a panic as i had lost my favourite pen and needed an urgent replacement from labour & wait. first world problems i know. but i do like a good pen. whilst eastside i took a little wonder, rude not too really, and this is what i discovered.
now you know how much i love textiles, so i thought i would share these beautifully hand embroidered pieces of romanian clothing from the current exhibition revisiting romania: dress and identity at the horniman museum in forest hill, london.
hadn’t had a little wander around shoreditch since before christmas, been a bit busy with christmas, new year and travelling for work. so it was nice the other morning to get into town too early for the shops to be open and have a look to what’s been going on in the area. the ever changing canvas of shoreditch.
out in the middle on nowhere, somewhere near jaipur in india but far from home, there is a small town that still prints with mud and then indigo dyes the fabric. not many people left doing this trade, not many at all. let me introduce you to some of them.
i tried my hand a traditional block printing. a craft dating back to way before 220. block printing originated in china and was a technique for printing text, images and or pattern. a long hand process, a very much dying trade, but still used widely throughout east asia to create beautiful textiles, which could not be produced in any other way.