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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Sibella Court's Indochine

[Click to see full spread. Pictured are pages from Gypsy: A World of Colour & Interiors with photography by Chris Court.]

Before you get too excited, Sibella Court's latest book, Gypsy, isn't scheduled for release in the U.S. until next year. But if, like me, you decide to give yourself a holiday treat, the book can be ordered from the UK or Australia.

[Gorgeously designed book even has a textured cover.]

In this edition, Sibella shares luscious palettes with names inspired by her travels to five storied regions: Scotland; Transylvania; Turkey; Galapagos and Ecuador; and Indochine. She writes that she decided to use the old French term, Indochine -- referencing Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam as they are situated between China and India -- because while trekking through these countries she focused on visual remnants of the past: ochres and saffrons of traditional Buddhist monk's robes, mellow golds of shrines, and tropical pinks of those iconic Southeast Asian flower garlands. Her genius, I think, has something to do with the way she chooses brilliant yet never gaudy colors, and juxtaposes the vibrant with the smudgy and dusty.

Prompted by her Indochine chapter, I'm highlighting a couple of interesting textiles connected to the area.

Here's a detail view of dealer Marla Mallett's antique silk brocade Tai Daeng mosquito net border (Northeastern Laos).

The V & A says that this geometric-patterned 19th-century woven and embroidered bedcover from their collection was probably made by Dai people who are ethnically linked to groups in Northern Laos and Thailand.

[Screengrabs are from the 1993 movie.]

For more inspiration, try a great rainy-weekend-viewing Vietnamese-French film we covered a while back, The Scent of Green Papaya.

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