Category Archives: Textiles

Kantha – Running Stitch

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.…

Studio Collectivitea + Catch Up!

  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…

Zardosi / Textile Tuesday

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)…

Ajrakh Exhibition: From Kutch To London

  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.…