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The kantha stitch is a type of embroidery that is used by women of eastern Indian states like West Bengal, and in Bangladesh. In it’s most basic form, the running kantha stitch is used to sew together old saris and other fabric remnants to repurpose them into quilts or cloth wipes intended for household use.…

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Have you heard of New Moon resolutions? I hadn’t until today, but now that I have I am very intrigued by them. I have struggled with some of my New Year resolutions this year. Working on a creative exercise (for example, to photograph something) everyday is one of them and since I love doing it,…

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Mar 26

Mirror Work

What do the words mirror work mean? I am not talking about the psychology exercise called mirror work though I love that too, but instead of the mirrors used to embellish textiles. Ask someone from the Indian subcontinent, and they will immediately nod with recognition!  Metal and plastic sequins, aluminum foil, plain glass pieces as well as…

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Hello there! It’s a lovely Saturday night as I type this, a night holding the promise of spring and maybe even sunshine tomorrow! Hope your weekend is going well. This is my second week writing this series, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be here. Especially since I finished last week’s…

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Spring has sprung, and I hope your week, and season, is off to a great start! Last month, I finally learned what was for me a very big lesson- to start to let go of resistance. Like pretty much everything else in life, it’s a work in progress. I am learning to look closely at things…

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It’s Sunday evening as I type this. It’s been a slightly dull, get-all-the-errands-done kind of day but there is comfort in knowing that things are done. A feeling of control, if you will. Tomorrow, March 20th is the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, and there is going to be a palpable change in energy…

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  Hello everyone! Hope your weekend is going well. It’s been a very quiet Saturday at my end, getting out only for a quick lunch, and then back home. It was a tiring week and I have been grateful for some quiet time. I actually started reading a book today afternoon. I never thought I…

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Hello and welcome to a wonderful boho home tour! For most of us, our homes are reflection of who we are, and what we like. For some of us, they are also a canvas for our creative experimentation. Today’s homeowner Kristin takes interior styling and layering to a whole new level. She effortlessly mixes, matches…

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  Hello! It’s almost spring and it seems like we are racing through 2017! I got super busy with the administrative end of things here at Collectivitea. I am also in the middle of enrolling in a regular volunteer program because that was one of my big goals for 2017– it needs some paperwork and…

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I have been thinking a lot about surrender lately. Surrendering to outcomes that I hadn’t foreseen. Surrendering to what is as opposed to what I had decided was the best result. Surrendering to new directions that I never imagined. We are so sure that what we think is best for us is the only result…

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It is International Women’s Day today, and I want to echo all the calls for supporting, and lifting each other up.  I think of it as a day to remind ourselves how far we have come, and how much more remains to be done. Whether a woman works at home, from home, part time or full…

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Happy Textile Tuesday! As you may know, I love photography, especially of fabrics and textiles. Zardozi or Zardosi is an old Persian embroidery tradition that uses gold and silver metal, thread-like tubing to create intricate patterns and embellish textiles. The word itself apparently means ‘that which is stitched with golden threads’. The golden (or metallic)…

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Hello and welcome back to Collectivitea! Today’s story is about the creatives behind the home accessories brand The Silk Road. They offer textiles, jewelry, and other gorgeous finds from their travels around the world. After seeing their travel photographs on Instagram, I reached out to them to hear their story. First, I love their brand aesthetic, and…

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  Ajrakh block printing, a phrase that strikes a thrill in every textile lover’s heart! The word Ajrakh has many meanings and derivations, including derived from the word for ‘blue’ or ‘indigo’ in Arabic, and the phrase ‘aj-rakh’, or ‘keep it today’. This form of block printing is a complex, multistep process that traditionally involves natural, environment-friendly dyes.…

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  The sun glinting off the grey-green waters of the San Francisco Bay, and blue skies stretching endlessly – that’s the backdrop of the Treasure Island Flea!  It’s held on the last weekend of every month on Treasure Island in the SF Bay. I love going to this market!  They feature an array of vendors…

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Dear all, It’s the kind of morning tea time that is the stuff of dreams! Pouring rain, and a lovely filtered light that is perfect for photography at breakfast. As you know I am trying to take pictures and blog/write about something everyday as a creative exercise, and I am finding it  both fun and challenging. My…

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A textile is a cloth, according to Wikipedia, that is made by weaving, knitting, knotting and a host of other methods. Textile making, and embellishing methods such as embroidery and painting have all been used to tell stories of communities, their way of life, and their beliefs and practices. Textile lovers love textiles. They travel…

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Hello Monday and Happy President’s Day! We are caught in a rainstorm in our corner of California, and the long weekend makes it easy to enjoy it from the comfort of home. If you are out in this weather, drive carefully and stay safe.  So, resolutions! Did you make any for the new year? I…

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Today’s home tour takes us to India’s capital city, New Delhi. The home belongs to Jasleen Singh and her family. Jasleen runs The Ketli Design Studio where she offers professional interior design and styling services. How do I describe this gorgeous home?! It’s a fabulous blend of well-edited, contemporary style, with a hint of colonial…

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  Valentine’s Day, and pink is the inspiration behind my photograph for the day. How did you celebrate the occasion? I hope that it was filled with love. That you showed yourself love and compassion, and extended it to others. And resolved to do so everyday. I came across this Lao Tzu quote recently, and…

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As the warmer months appear on the horizon here in the Northern hemisphere, everyone is talking about spring breaks and summer plans. If you love textiles and want to learn about the process behind textile arts like weaving, fiber art, printing etc., I have some links for you that will help you plan for, and…

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Hello Monday! I love this creative exercise where, at tea time, I have to find something to photograph that suits the mood of the day, and write what’s been on my mind today. I am usually home by this time, and to find fresh combinations and pairings is a challenge that I enjoy. With these…

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I am happy to have made it to the end of the week!  What are your weekend plans? Mine involve doing taxes, going to a book sale, ferrying my younger teen to a tech workshop, and attending a science event that my older teen is a part of. My kids are not super into classes…

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  It’s been a rainy day with a storm system that’s called a pineapple express, and the light filtering through the clouds looks almost creamy. I was thinking of the English poet John Keats whose words, especially if you grew up in a school system with colonial roots, most of us are familiar with. ”…

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Hello Thursday! It’s a most lovely, rainy day as I write this post. Not too cold, windy, and the sound of raindrops- which makes it the perfect time to grab a cup of tea, and head to this lovely New York home.  Today I want to share with you ChaCha Garcia’s boho eclectic home. I love the…