The Dasati is an ancient eye-shaped symbol for warding off the evil eye. Here, I cast a friendlier eye in subtle blues. My first-time printing on linen with what I think is a softer, more versatile result.
Jatu’s stylized Peepul leaves move with the wind due to their aerodynamic shape. Some believe the gods reside on these leaves. I believe they have the perfect shape and make an elegant print.
Delicate fronds in graceful graphite curves lead the eye from top to bottom, as in a monk’s sand mandala. But do not worry—this print will not blow away in the wind!
nspired by my last trip to Mumbai, where I was lucky enough to be around for the Ganesh festival. I’ve tried to capture the rollicking days filled with flower garlands and marching bands celebrating the prodigious god.
The Japanese markets of Yogyakarta or Solo are great places for discovering faded old sarongs sold in toppling stacks right next to live chickens and jackfruit. The Kala print reminds me of these hidden gems: ornate yet relaxed, softly worn out like an old friend.
I’m addicted to the color indigo, both its light and dark manifestations. Here the shades frolic and play with the little patter of small dots behind them softening their edges, streaming across the print and adding depth.
Having not been to Varanasi in many years, I decided I was due for a return visit. I have missed the pleasure of wandering the back lanes behind its many riverside temples. It was along these narrow passageways on my recent trip, where I faced off against wandering cows and dodged free-ranging goats, that inspiration came to me for this print: merchants' trays of bright-colored jumbles of flowers sold as offerings.
I put a little spice into old-school border bedding by using a larger printed border instead of embroidery framing the bed. It works amazingly well with our other printed components.
The Mughul arches and vaulted gateways of the forts and palaces of Rajasthan have inspiried me to recreate their symmetry and drama in an embroidered bed. Each scallop, once embroidered, is cut out by hand. A single ply long staple percale aids you in your quest to make your home a palace.