[Image via Sri.]
If you've glanced at my sidebar you've probably noticed that Sri Threads, the blog affiliated with Brooklyn-based textile gallery Sri, is a site I've chosen to highlight as a source of inspiration. Whenever I surf over, I either learn something new or stumble upon another eye-catching piece to covet. The latest: old petite hand-stitched Indian cotton bags. Most are examples of kantha. If I had one, I'd hang it from a vanity table mirror or maybe tie it to a drawer pull on a vintage desk.
As mentioned earlier this year, the V & A recently received a significant gift of Bengali kantha embroideries from collector Karun Thakar in memory of Mark Shivas. At the moment, only a bit of the gift is visible on the museum's site but you can learn all about it here. To explore more kantha samples, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Shifting from feminine embroidery to more masculine olive wool tweed, currently on view at PMA through August 2011 is Tailoring Philadelphia: Tradition and Innovation in Menswear. The museum happens to be one of more than 1,000 Blue Star institutions in the U.S. offering free summer admission to active duty military personnel and their families now through Labor Day, September 5, 2011.