While occupying small spaces we need to bring things home that serve multiple purposes. I was recently impressed with a friends ability to use her turkish towel as a scarf, table cloth and picnic blanket all in the span of a weekend (I'm convinced she may have even used this as an actual towel, but I won't speculate too much). The following are some awesome textiles that could be used for a variety of purposes.
This one up top is a 100% linen throw by Caroline Z Hurley of Brooklyn, NY. It is block printed by hand by a cooperative of Guatemalan artisans in New Bedford, Massachusetts with non-toxic acrylic ink and is pre-washed. More choices below...
- Temple Textile in Fuschia - $120
From Hopie and Lily Stockman of Block Shop in California, this is one of many of their designs in silk/cotton. Inspired by the wall drawings of Sol Le Witt, they say this one is "back by popular demand." Check out all the others!
- printed with non-toxic dyes
- 25% silk, 75% cotton
- 34 x 86 inches +/-
- selvage on long sides, raw edge on ends
- hand block printed by 5th generation master printers outside Jaipur
- Indigo Kantha Blanket - $170
From this mysterious new source, Auntie Oti, which I believe is based in Brooklyn along with the rest of my world, comes these lovely 100% cotton Kantha blankets along with many other beautiful things: "discarded saris are layered, stitched together by hand, and then overdyed in deep indigo to create a light blanket for any room in the house."
- Black Linen Scarf - $42
From The Chic Artisan in Oskaloosa, Iowa (via Etsy), this is a straight ahead, beautiful, hand dyed, 100% linen scarf. 16" x 72" with raw edges.
This is a very interesting source. Originally from New Zealand, Hilary Niederer now lives in Mumbai, India where she runs Stitchwallah, her large online site for everything India textile. There is nothing more authentic and her prices are great. A film and television costumer, she is also able to source fabrics, accessories, footwear, jewellery, trims and home decor items throughout the country. Her Herringbone blankets are 135cm x 230cm, 100% cotton and come in other colors.
Okay, this is an partial online source, but a good one. With a shop in Brooklyn (Bedford Ave.), appearances at the Brooklyn Flea and a website coming soon, Serap Bahadir's Berlyn65 has made a name for itself with her turkish towels (above). Check out this model wearing one in a fashion shoot. Here's what NYMag says: "A mash-up of Brooklyn and Berlin aesthetics, Berlyn 65 from stylist Serap Bahadir is a curated shop filled with artisanal homewares, accessories, and jewelry found all over the world via Bahadir's extensive travels. The bright-white spot is stocked ceiling to floor with hand-woven Turkish towels—the most sought-after item. The towels are made on a loom and most are cotton, but Bahadir also carries bamboo blends and silk."