Colcha, the Next Suzani?
Handbag from 2006 Kate Spade collection.
Colcha throw as seen in Elle Decor, January-February 2008, photo by Grey Crawford.
Image of headboard spotted at Palmilla from Megan Samuels. Earlier this year, over at design*sponge, the headboard fabric caused a sensation.
Have you noticed these bold embroidered birds popping up more frequently? Colcha, or colcha-inspired, is the term you've probably seen used to identify them. Their heritage is Spanish. And although this colonial style of embroidery is centuries-old, I can't help wondering if it is poised to become trendy.
These days "colcha" is often synonymous with bed covering or wall hanging. But textile enthusiasts may use the word to define a specific embroidery stitch. I've read that the Spanish who developed colcha were probably inspired by flora and fauna seen on East Indian chintz.
Apparently if you are traveling in South America it's easy to find throws or textiles like the ones pictured above.
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