Style Court

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


More from Ellisha

Back in January I mentioned the fluid good looks of painter-turned-textile-designer Ellisha Alexina's handprinted fabrics. The prints I focused on then drew much inspiration from Ottoman florals but today, in anticipation of Ellisha's debut at next month's ICCF, here's a glance at some of her languid stripes.

Well, one more stylized floral, too.

All of these happen to be in her indigo colorway,  on hemp linen, and they are created in her Easthampton, Massachusetts studio. Ellisha, who had the opportunity to study old textiles during her days at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, offers other whisper-soft colorways as well as custom options.

Connecting Threads

[Image courtesy Kufri Life]

Longing to be your own creative director and have a textile custom woven, handprinted or embroidered?

[Phoenix cotton]

Texas-based Kufri Life Fabrics offers all of the above. Founded by Mili Suleman, the company specializes in ikats and handwovens but works with artisans versed in a variety of old school Indian techniques encompassing beadwork and kantha.

[Jaali cotton]

Alternatively, if you need instant gratification, the fabric studio offers a ready-to-buy collection featuring contemporary takes on classic designs.

[Sanjana Grey, handwoven cotton stripe]

Fabric is available by the yard but in Mili's online store you'll find already-made pillows and table linens. Explore the full range here. And while we're talking about heritage-driven textiles, continue keeping tabs on the V & A's preparations for their highly anticipated show, The Fabric of India, here.


[Detail: 19th-century Lakai suzani from Rippon-Boswell's Vok sale.]

[Details: 19th-century Lakai suzani on deep blue ground, also from Vok Collection.] 

It's festival season, but it's also auction season.

If you've been following my textile news coverage on Instagram and Tumblr during the past month, you may have noticed quite a few suzanis coming up for sale. (Coincidentally, these antique embroideries often have a psychedelic vibe that happens to mesh well with the festival aesthetic.) One of the best performing suzanis to date is an 18th-century Uzbek piece distinguished by massive meandering vines and a palette of ochre, pink and orange with soft blues and greens.

[Details: 18th-century Uzbek suzani from Rippon-Boswell's Vok Collection sale.]
As reported by Daniel Shaffer for Hali, this embroidery just sold for more than double the auction estimate. Full story here.

A more modestly priced find is Merchant & Mills' Shallot.

Gauzy and light, with a hand-blocked motif in deep blue over an off-white criss-crossing background, it's one of many Rajasthani cottons offered by the British fabric purveyor.