While I haven't started a collection yet, I keep finding myself drawn to vintage and antique textiles. I've seen beautiful pieces from around the world in house tours, design magazines and flea markets and I'm starting to really want one for my home. Naturally, then, I was excited to find the informative, gorgeous online shop of textile gallery Sri Threads.
The online shop carries a small selection from their appointment-only gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. While Sri Threads focuses mainly on Japanese boro &mdash patched-and-mended textiles — they also have a selection of Indian textiles. Their website is chock full of wonderful information, from the history of different weaving, stitching, and dyeing techniques to specific notes on each piece. I found myself reading description after description and learning about everything from shibori (Japanese dyeing techniques similar to tie dye) to ralli (an Indian quilt style).
And of course, I found some stunning, handworked pieces. Whether you're a collector, a novice, or just someone who has a wall that needs artwork, it's well worth checking out.
- A mid-twentieth century Bengali kantha, $475. Kantha is a well-known, intricate stitching style done by both Hindu and Muslim women in Bangladesh and West Bengal.
- A reversible kasuri-and-woven stripe maekake, an apron that was part of people's daily outfits in old Japan, $85.
- A square-pieced Sindhi ralli, a type of quilt sewn from discarded cloth, $240.
- A kasuri asa kimono with sashiko stitched shoulder reinforcement, likely from Yamagata, Japan, $335.
- A hand-stitched Rajasthani prayer rug from the mid-to-late twentieth century, $215.
For information and to see the online gallery, go to Sri Threads.
Images: Sri Threads