[Photo my own]
Drawn to the tassels and bells on the back of this rickshaw (a cycle rickshaw) parked front and center at Anthro today, I hastily snapped a picture. Later, thinking about its fabric hood, I wondered if the V & A has any striking old rickshaws. That lead me to an interesting article (obituary, to be precise) on museum educator, Shireen Akbar, and the exhibition she organized, Traffic Art: Rickshaw Paintings from Bangladesh at the Museum of Mankind (1988-1991). An example of one of the 20th-century rickshaws she commissioned is shown over at the British Museum's site. There's also a very short companion piece about the challenges of conserving the painted vehicle, which is composed of PVC.
With rickshaws on the brain, I eventually landed at Rikshaw Design; in case you hadn't heard, RD's ever-popular hand-block printed, 100% Indian cotton voile may now be purchased by the yard online. Still loving Udaipur Giraffe for a child's room.
Update 4.11.12: More fabrics designed with kids in mind from Lulu DK's new collection for Schumacher.