Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Red River

I was introduced to The Red River , an organization based in North East India by Kakoli Das (one of the founders) a few weeks back and I loved their home and lifestyle products.

The Red River acts as a medium between the weavers from the North East and the markets, that will help them with sustainable income.

Have a look at some of their amazing collections of cushions~
These designs have been inspired by the weaving patterns of river bank settler community - the Misings (or the Miris)

Bright weaves and threadwork...
Stunning collection designed with re-purposed fabric swatches...
Varnasi-inspired bling embellishments on the cushions...

Here are their other very interesting home furnishings~
Napkins

Placements
Curtains
The dyeing, drying and weaving process at The Red River
Kakoli Das with the locals in Assam, India.

You can get in touch with them on their Facebook page The Red River or visit their website The Red River

( images from The Red River)

23 comments:

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Love the cushions...gorgeous!

Patricia Torres said...

The colours on the cushions are gorgeous.... so pretty!!

Dithi said...

Lovely, well done Kakoli! Thanks for sharing Arch...the cushions are lovely, I especially like the ones with frills (reminds me of a very traditional home-made cushion/pillow design in Bengali households), the weaves are pretty as well. I'm hopping over right now.....

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Very nice post Archana..
Just loved it Kakoli :)
Dithi is right!!....this frills(jhalore lagano hath-pakha) were very much a part of traditional Bong culture...

Domestic Goddess said...

Awesome Kakoli! The designs are beautiful and so Indian (I simply love them). Thank you for sharing this with us Arch.

Sunita Nayak Sharma said...

Hi Archana !!!

Thanks for sharing this. Kakoli is doing a great job. One of my aunt's (Deepa Ghose) is doing the same work. She works with the craftsmen who do hand embroidery(zardosi)in chandni chawk and sells their products. Her NGO has won many accolades for the work she is doing. Let me know if you want to feature her on your blog.

Regards,
Sunita Nayak Sharma

Sum said...

They look awesome!

Kakoli said...

Anu - thank you, do visit our Facebook page for more updates!

Patricia - glad you liked the colors. We experiment changing the color palette of traditional weaves regularly

Dithi & Sanghamitra - Though I'm not Bengali, I'm very ingrained in Bengali culture. Glad some of our designs reminded you of memories close home!

Kakoli said...

Anu - thank you, do visit our Facebook page for more updates!

Patricia - glad you liked the colors. We experiment changing the color palette of traditional weaves regularly

Dithi & Sanghamitra - Though I'm not Bengali, I'm very ingrained in Bengali culture. Glad some of our designs reminded you of memories close home!

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Gorgeous stuff! Loved the patchwork cushions!

GB said...

Oh, the patchwork cushions are abs. gorgeous. Loved this post...am clicking over to their site right now....

Kakoli said...

Suman - Thank you, and thank you for your comment on our Facebook page

Sunita - Good to hear about your aunt's work. Would love to get introduced to her, and learn more from her experience in the crafts sector

Sum & Sharon - Thank you!Do visit our Facebook page and albums for more updates http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/The-Red-River/216808472619?ref=ts

toniclime said...

I loved those patchwork cushions. Great work!

Gypsy Girl said...

I checked out their Fb page.Awesome stuff... Kudos Kakoli! Nice work!

Sangitha said...

hey,
So simple yet stunningly beautiful.would love to have such cushions and curtain at my place!

Kakoli said...

Toniclime,GypsyGirl,Sanghita - Thanks ladies!! And yes, I would love to send some of the stuff to decorate your homes!

Priya said...

Wow! Lovely creations!!

naomemandeflores said...

Great patterns! Love the colors!

Anonymous said...

Even more beautiful are those local women!

priyaravi said...

Hi!!..i came across your website when i was looking for home decor ideas...it is an absolutely beautiful blog with some great blog entries.. i specially found some of the house tours inspirational.. look forward to more regular entries..

Priya

Greeshma said...

super archana! thanks a lot for putting this up. i want to buy these!

wickerfurnituredirect said...

like the cushions...but the two first chairs....are gorgeous! It would look perfect on my terrace :D

Dianna said...

Lovely pieces and colors.