Block Printing in Jaipur

An inspiring demonstration in an age old craft

Prints are applied with wooden blocks, carved with care. Lightly placed on a paint covered sponge and then gently stamped on to the cotton fabric. Lining up the designs so no overlapping occurs the stamping is done with precision and speed.

Prints are applied with wooden blocks, carved with care. Lightly placed on a paint covered sponge and then gently stamped on to the cotton fabric. Lining up the designs so no overlapping occurs the stamping is done with precision and speed.

Yardage is expertly stamped and colored  with permanent textile paints and then dried. Indigo dyes may bleed so it is advised to set with vinegar and salt.

I'm getting a stamping demo here, trying to master the art!

I'm getting a stamping demo here, trying to master the art!

Visit Fabric Indulgence to see the block print fabrics for sale, limited quantities available of these prints

All around India you will find wooden blocks, intricately carved and ready for printing. Many will be sold after the design has been retired or worn, many can be found brand new. One day I hope to bring a suitcase back full of block to begin producing my own textiles. Stay tuned!

Form fitting blocks, one applies the background, the other the foreground. Some blocks are made with metal for minute detail, many of these designs are traditional and represent the best of Indian culture.

Visit our selection of Indian blockprinted fabrics

Visit our selection of Indian blockprinted fabrics

Hand made quilts, amazing embroidery and piecework, often made with vintage textiles, visit our site to see the gallery and details.

Hand made quilts, amazing embroidery and piecework, often made with vintage textiles, visit our site to see the gallery and details.

Tribal Indian Quilts in Jodhpur

Shopping for these amazing textiles was a pleasure and adventure all in one. The salesmen pull out all the stops, digging into the basement to entice shoppers, offering chai, food whatever they can to keep you interested and entertained. I couldn't leave with purchasing an amazing collection of the antique pieces to bring back to my Fabric Indulgence customers, and of course a few for my own collection!

Visit Fabric Indulgence to see the collections of antique tribal quilts and wallhangings, one of a kind textiles from exotic India

Dilli Haut-A place to go in Delhi

If you are in Delhi and you love hand crafts then you must go to Dilli Haut. A compilation of textile, wood craft, metal work, fine arts and clay artisans from all over India. They gather, each vendor only getting 1 week to show off the crafts of their region. The food here is also amazing, from North to South, a showcase of culinary variations from all over the country. Come, look, shop, eat and experience the beauty and culture of India.

From the silks fabrics of Bihar and Tamil Nadu, the embroidery and pashminas of Kashmir and the wool kilim rugs of India. This location in Delhi is a mecca for shoppers looking to find the best of artisans.

Colors from the South

From Goa to Kerala, South India has much to do, see and explore. Elephant sanctuaries, organic spice plantations, ancient temples and pristine lakes. The beach cities along the western coast host thousands of European and American visitors each year. They visit for the tropical climate, warm waters of the Arabian Sea, the food and the culture. 

Color is everywhere, from these tropical flowers, women, children and even the trucks. Bright and flashing eye catching inspiration. No wonder the fabrics have to compete. No ordinary wear here, you better be ready to show some color in your style!

Color is everywhere, from these tropical flowers, women, children and even the trucks. Bright and flashing eye catching inspiration. No wonder the fabrics have to compete. No ordinary wear here, you better be ready to show some color in your style!

Ancient temples and exquisite silks

Suchindrum Hindu Temple in Tamil Nadu.

Suchindrum Hindu Temple in Tamil Nadu.

Picked up some iridescent woven fabrics while in South India, professionally manufactured in Tamil Nadu, just east of Kerala. Gorgeous lustrous fabrics with iridescent color and luminous quality. Very lightweight and slightly sheer, these make fabulous pants for hot weather, dresses and blouses. Use for art quilting and embroider them for extra special projects. Many colors to choose from, just waiting for your ideas to manifest! Visit FabricAndArt.com to purchase.

Kanniyakumari District, Suchindram Temple on Lake, Tamil Nadu State, colorful houses and shops surround

Kanniyakumari District, Suchindram Temple on Lake, Tamil Nadu State, colorful houses and shops surround

Inspired by the tropical colors, Indian women are just as brightly dressed for every day tasks. Everywhere I look is a rainbow!

Department stores in Trivandrum, a fabric buyer's paradise!

Fabric stores in India, an adventures in itself! Indians take textiles seriously and women are obsessed with colors, textures and designs for their garments. Even the husbands come with their wives to have a say in what will be chosen for their fancy wear. No color is too bright, no design too intricate.

Oooh, la la! Rhinestones and lace. Sequins, tulle and heavy embroidery. Flourescent, ombre and gemstone colors to draw attention to the beautiful women who wear these pieces. It's a competition for who can show off the most color, glitz and shine. A feast for the eyes indeed. Everywhere I go my shutter is always clicking!

Beaded and embellished belly dancing costumes, not necessarily for Indian women but for tourists at the cliffside village in Varkala. Too beautiful not to photograh!

Beaded and embellished belly dancing costumes, not necessarily for Indian women but for tourists at the cliffside village in Varkala. Too beautiful not to photograh!

Beaded and Embellished!

The name of the game is embellishment. From everyday wear to special celebrations, Indian women always choose the brightest colors, detailed textures and design to show off their fashionable tastes. My challenge is how to choose. I spent a long time pouring over the multitude of colors and designs to bring back the best of these trims for my customers at FabricAndArt.com

Indian Embroidered Trims

Check out the selection I've chosen, purchase now for shipping just in time for the holidays. These will ship the last week of November. LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE. These are manufactured in 9 meter rolls, get your before they sell out! Visit Fabric Indulgence to purchase.

Ponmudi Hill Station in the Clouds

Dreamy climate, spectacular panoramas and wild beauty. This hill Station called Ponmudi attracts many tourists looking to escape India's heat. Originally established by British colonizers, high up in the mountains of Kerala, Ponmudi boasts lush green valleys, tea plantations and cloud watching. Not for the faint of heart, 23 hairpin turns to get here, if you go by car or motorcycle you can stop all along the way for breathtaking views, monkey watching and cool, fresh air.

Dreamy climate, spectacular panoramas and wild beauty. This hill Station called Ponmudi attracts many tourists looking to escape India's heat. Originally established by British colonizers, high up in the mountains of Kerala, Ponmudi boasts lush green valleys, tea plantations and cloud watching. Not for the faint of heart, 23 hairpin turns to get here, if you go by car or motorcycle you can stop all along the way for breathtaking views, monkey watching and cool, fresh air.

Elephant Adventures!

Elephants of Kerala, here lives one of the world's great Elephant preserves, Punnathur Kota, or Anakkotta, meaning "Elephant Fort" on the grounds of an old palace. A must see if you are lucky enough to travel to South India. Just a few hours drive from Trivandrum through magnificent forested mountains you will find these majestic beings. The expert mahouts take special care with their charges. With almost 60 elephants residing here, each with its assigned handler, from their birth, capture or retirement, these elephants are treated with dignity and cautious respect. Free to live, feed and bathe in a magnificent forest, while being assured a safe existence. Unfortunately human encroachment into crucial habitat has required the elephants of the area to be kept in the preserve, where human contact can be monitored and visitors are educated about the species and their special needs. 

Bathing in the waters of the preserve, this adult elephant allow tourist top scrub, caress and generally shower our gratitude over him. Truly an experience never to forget.

Bathing in the waters of the preserve, this adult elephant allow tourist top scrub, caress and generally shower our gratitude over him. Truly an experience never to forget.

Babies playing in the sun, adult elephants lolling in the water. A visit to the preserve promises the opportunity to pet, ride, feed and even bathe these magnificent creatures. All while under the watchful eyes of their mahouts. This 10 acre preserve offers an amazing visit to tourist worldwide, you can even book an overnight stay for the ultimate adventure.

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Trivandrum and Textiles!

My first stop, Pothys department store, Trivandrum in the State of Kerala. One of the most popular destinations for the purchase of fine textiles, housewares, women's and men's fashion and yes even groceries in this 6 floor mall.

Silks and cottons all alight with colors, textures, weaves and prints. So many to choose from, where does one begin?

Silks and cottons all alight with colors, textures, weaves and prints. So many to choose from, where does one begin?

When it comes to fabrics India knows how to do it right. Like in these Block printed Saris, luscious, fruity colors and a multitude of expertly applied block prints. My personal favorites, you can bet I will be bringing loads of these home to list on FabricAndArt.com, my gift to you all. Enjoy!

When it comes to fabrics India knows how to do it right. Like in these Block printed Saris, luscious, fruity colors and a multitude of expertly applied block prints. My personal favorites, you can bet I will be bringing loads of these home to list on FabricAndArt.com, my gift to you all. Enjoy!

Shoppers viewing the display of saris, maybe for a special wedding or event, maybe just to brighten their wardrobe. The women in India take care and pride in their daily dress.

Always eager to help, the staff at Pothys relish showing off the gorgeous fabrics they carry. Thousands of types, colors, styles and weaves of saris and textiles for the multitude of customers are on hand ready for purchase.

All silk saris with beautiful gold borders and printed designs. Pure luxury for the wealthier crowd.

All silk saris with beautiful gold borders and printed designs. Pure luxury for the wealthier crowd.

Just a sample of one of the many Swarovski embellished saris found at Pothys

Design bonanza in a variety of prints. A choice for everyone!

India...what comes to mind? Hindu festivals, bright colors, beautiful women and their exotic, embellished saris? Those things are all easily seen in India, as well as poverty, sanitation issues, garbage on the streets and stray dogs. In almost every city in the world you can find poverty but look beyond and find a beautiful gem of a country exploding into the global software, manufacturing, textile,  home decor and fashion market. India is a virtual rainbow of colors, smells, textures and characters enriching the diversity of cultures and regions. Take an adventure, you'll be mesmerized  by the incredible artistry going back centuries, explore the potential of the modern Indian marketplace. You'll be intrigued, surprised and I'm sure inspired by what you see.

Just a small selection of the saris at Pothys in Trivandrum, Kerala State, India

Indian Handlooms

Cotton blend fabrics, warp and weft. Artisan weave by hand the yarn onto large looms, producing shimmery, rich colored fabrics in the region of Bihar.
Please visit my website to see photos of these lovely hand loomed fabrics in production

 

Shot iridescent cotton fabrics

Hand loomed fabrics

Kaffe Fasset's Indian striped cottons

Embroidered trims from Rajasthan

Silk dupioni fabrics

Silk shantung fabrics

Indian block printed fabrics

Ornate Saris on display in Mumbai

Ornate Saris on display in Mumbai

All images copyright eSeveri2015 ~ Erin Severi info@fabricandart.com

Floral patterns in Swarovski crystals and woven gold designs.

Embellished with crystals and gold, these saris are worn by affluent women for the most special of occasions.

Embellishment and color dominate the Indian fashion, embroidered trims add the perfect accent to women's clothing.

Embellishment and color dominate the Indian fashion, embroidered trims add the perfect accent to women's clothing.