Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Les Indiennes.

Another post on block-print? Well, I am so taken by these beautiful Indian Kalamkari inspired designs by Mary Mulcahy, the one behind Les Indiennes.I am sure many of you are aware of the amazing line of products by Les Indiennes, but what I really liked is use of just one or two colours, using Kalamkari technique which traditionally uses multiple colours.
Kalamkari is an ancient Indian Art which involves dyeing of sun-bleached cotton fabrics with natural dyes and then hand-block printing with carved wooden blocks.Les Indiennes has products in various materials like fabric, paper & felt.You can view & buy their products online and get inspired by these dreamy images in their Inspirational Flip Book.
This is so soothing, so summery, so cool and so inspiring:-)
(images from Les Indiennes.com)

36 comments:

DesignFlute said...

yes, feel absolutely fresh!lovely!

masalamagic said...

how beautiful! Love the subtle yet fascinating sets! I can just imagine the feel of that soft cotton quilt on that bed!

Preeti said...

Hello Archana, I wanted to reach out to you via Email. I have a vague idea as in what i want my home to be. Wanted to share with you and get some ideas.Let me know how I can reach out to you.

Sreelu said...

Arch, Black and white prints so beautiful and classic. kalamkari is such a beautiful art

Anonymous said...

hi arch,
i absolutely adore your blog and always visit especially when i'm feeling blue =)
i have a question about the latest entry -- isn't kalamkari hand painted and not block-printed? i thought kalamkari is the art from southern andhra of using vegetable dyes to paint on cloth... could you clarify?
may you blog another hundred years!

Arch at Rang said...

Roma, masalamagic-Thanks:-))
preeti- It's archanasr_2000@yahoo.com
sreelu- Yes, Kalamkari is really a beautiful art:-))
Anon~ You are right 'Kalamkari' is an art where sun-bleached cottons are dyed and then either handpainted or hand-block printed:-)
Both techniques are used:-)
Yes and it is an art from Andhra Pradesh:-)
Thanks:-)

rupa said...

Oh my god, my knees are going weak...absolute beauties....I am in love with them....you have a great blog and I loved your home in the dream decor.....I can't resist anything ethnic and traditional.....awesome....

Note : How do you stencil on walls...the one you did for your daughter's room....maybe you can write a post on that to help amateurs likes me......loved it..

robyn said...

I love block prints, really nice post Arch. Hope you're well : )

Yoli said...

Those fabrics are to die for. I have Les Indiennes booked marked on my blog as well. One day I will have one of those pretty fabrics.

Gillian said...

Amazing Arch!
I loved all of them. They would look great in the little spa ;D

LotusHaus said...

Stunning and inspiring! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mélanie said...

Here in Provence , les indiennes came to us and we love to use them in our interior decoration

rochambeau said...

Hi Arch,
Love all the fabrics you share. Adore Indian paisleys! I haven't seen so much in white and black before. Very nice. Perfect color combo.

Hope all is well.
xo
Constance

Purnima said...

what stunning designs!

Chandan said...

love the flip book, stunning motifs, textures and colours..thanks for sharing!

purple said...

Lovely colours and pattern.

Ashley L. said...

oh my goodness! you have my personal award of favorite post that i have read today! i love all of these pictures! thank you so much for sharing! :)

Emily said...

Wowwww.

Anrosh said...

saw these patterns on footwear. it looked great. only if it were on rugs

vineeta said...

Gorgeous stuff archana. And like u said, what makes this so beautiful is the minimal use of colour.

Amber said...

Beautiful! I have a block print duvet cover and shams on my bed. I love the simplicity!

beachbungalow8 said...

don't get me started i LOVE les indiennes. great post! thanks!

Ashley L. said...

hands down! blockprint is my absolute favorite!

i always leave your blog so excited and inspired... and missing india :)

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

I agree whole heartedly! What natural berries? would have been used to dye them. Are they all blue and burgundy?

Mélanie said...

where have you been ?? We are waiting for new posts and above all one : I've tagged you !

Lotus Reads said...

Oh, man, I am SO GLAD I found you! I work for a beautiful store in the "Linens" department and your blog is right up my alley, thank you for posting all these wonderful finds!

Muriel said...

I Love the books!

Very inspiring!

Muriel said...

I love your blog.

Lovely colours.

StyleAddicts said...

Oh, these prints are so beautiful. Such a contemporary take on something so traditional. Brilliant! I am a fan of Les Indiennes :-)

StyleAddicts said...

Beautiful! I am officially a fan of Les Indiennes :-). These pictures are such a fresh and contemporary take on the traditional print:-)

Absolutely Fabulous said...

Hi! went through your blog and your posts and images are so beautiful, rich and vibrant!

i sent you an email. will put your blog among my faves.

mondo cherry said...

Love the brown and white colourway. So comfortable looking and yet so stylish.
Clare

all*over*print said...

I'm a fan of block print those looks both modern and legend

artnavy said...

thanks for teh baithak pic in take a seat

it inspired us to do our own

Amrita said...

I love love love your blog Archana :) I'm a student in New York moving to a tiny room soon and have got so many ideas, only thing is here it's 15 times the price of what u get back home :( but I'll hunt high and low and ask the resources to keep sending from home. Thanks once again :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. However, extremely expensive.