|[Photo via Vogue]|
Look at this arrangement of African masks in Barbara Bush's NYC apartment. Some how they feel more alive, displayed loosely like this, than statically affixed to a wall or placed on a stand. Right now at the High, there's an exhibition of western and central African pieces, African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye, a show that explores the role of costume in traditional African culture, so I've been thinking about Bush's collection. And this cabinet.
With its trellis-like, open work doors, it reminds me so much of design from another continent: Indian jails.
[Image via Cistanthe]
Which brings me to more new hand-blocked fabric from Cistanthe. Shown above is Harlequin Ajrakh, created with a 16-step process of dyeing and printing. There are other wonderful geometrics in this line, too, such as Serpentine and Gingko.
|[Detail view: Jali from Delhi-Agra, Jahangir period, c. 1605–27. Included in Francesca Galloway's exhibition, Red Stone.]|