Our creative director Graham has just returned from another incredible trip to Gujarat. He's been primarily finalising the embroidery and finishing of our new Desi blanket collection with the SEWA embroiderers (more on these here!).
The wealth and variety of handmade textiles in Gujarat never fails to amaze us. Whilst in Ahmedabad, Graham met Rhymill and his wife and daughter, who are masters of traditional patchwork quilt-making.
True to the ethos of Stitch by Stitch, we've been inspired by their exquisite handiwork to design a range of quilts to be made exclusively for Stitch by Stitch. Our Khamir quilt is constructed of locally-sourced, organic, hand-spun cotton fabric. The quilt is a patchwork of delicately striped, small-scale checks and plains in a contemporary palette of greys and charcoals. There will also be a co-ordinating patchwork cushion.
Alongside the Khamir design, we are developing an exclusive range of one-off quilts made from vintage mashru cloth. Mashru, or "permitted cloth", was traditionally worn by Muslim men who were not permitted to wear silk next to their skin.
Mashru cloth is woven with a silk warp, and cotton weft, with the cotton layer coming into contact with the skin, and the silk warp showing on the surface allowing the opulence of silk to be worn. Many mashru fabrics include small ikat (tie-dyed thread) details, as you can see in the cuttings for the Fish Mashru quilt, pictured above. Each mashru quilt for Stitch by Stitch will be totally unique.