I’d love to hear from you if you have an interest in textiles, or have any thoughts or queries on the content of this site.

Also, if you are interested in purchasing any of the textiles or craft products you’ve seen featured here, or would like to visit any of the destinations, please get in touch and I will be happy to help.





  1. Dear Ruth,

    What an inspiring site you have here. Great to read all the info, what a knowledge!
    I have a question and maybe you can help me with that. I bought some beautiful antqiue suzani’s from Afghanistan. I want to use them in my house to decorate or maybe to use to upholster chairs with. Problem is some of them are quite dirty, and I am terrified that if I bring them to the dry cleaner they will be damaged and colours will fade and mix. Any idea how to clean/wash the suzanis?
    Would be great if you could help me, thanks a lot in advance.
    Kind regards,
    Lidewij in’t Veld

  2. Dear Lidewij in’t Veld,

    Thanks for your message and your kind comments regarding my website. I’m pleased to learn that you find it interesting.

    I’m not the best person to answer your question regarding cleaning Afghani Suzanis. I don’t have a great deal of technical knowledge on the properties of these, and it would depend on what dyes and fibres the suzanis are comprised of. I would have thought dry cleaning should be ok. However, I would recommend contacting a dealer in suzanis or oriental textiles and they should be able to help. There are a few in London – One I know of is Joss Graham – You could also try looking in Hali magazine – or Asian Art –

    Any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Best wishes,

  3. dear ruth,
    i just came across your blog and i love it. I am an artist living in Baroda, Gujarat and i work primarily with natural dyes on cotton fabric. Do take a look at my work at (i don’t have a website yet) or you could google me.

    best wishes,

    • Dear Lavanya,
      Thank you for your comment, and I’m very sorry for the very slow reply. I do hope you get this despite the lateness.
      I’m pleased you like my blog and hope you’ve enjoyed my posts since. I loved looking through your work too. I really like the concepts behind your art and the materials you use. Do let me know when you get a website or the best ways to get in touch.

    • Sorry for the very slow reply. This is a fabric I block-printed with the help of a family of printers in Jahota, near Jaipur, Rajasthan. So I’m afraid its a one-off, but I’ll let you know if I get the chance to get some more in production!

  4. Hello
    I am manufacture of wooden printing blocks your any reqitment please contact me and give me one chance t prove my self

  5. Dear Ruth,
    I have really enjoyed your blogs about Indian (Gujarat) Block Printing. Your instructions for basic printing on fabric helped me to begin using the blocks I brought back from India.
    My imagination is really fired by the possibilities of block printing and my technique is improving with practice and discipline. I am now keen to learn more complex procedures such as resist printing and the use of multiple blocks for one design from an Indian block printer. I know Anokhi at Sanganer has a basic two-day workshop, but I would like something more extensive. Is there anyone you could recommend who could teach me? I don’t mind beginning again from scratch as I’m operating alone here and may be repeating fundamental mistakes. I am a seasoned Indian traveller and will go anywhere.
    Many thanks,
    Marie Burrows

    • Dear Marie,
      Sorry for the slow reply.
      I’m pleased that you’ve enjoyed my blog posts on Indian block printing, and its good to hear you’ve been getting involved too. As you know, I’ve spent most of my travels in India in Kachchh where there is a rich living tradition of block printing. Many of the block printers regularly receive tourist visits and are happy to demonstrate and teach block printing. Dr Ismail Mohammed Khatri in Ajrakhpur often gives workshops. Its a good idea to base yourself in Bhuj where there is a good tourist information – Prahmod Jethi at Aina Mahal is very helpful and will help you arrange transport to the places and put you in contact with the artisans. Or you can do this through the guest house you stay at. Gangaram is good for this, as the owner is in contact with many local craftspeople.
      Or you can go through the many local organisations. Kala Raksha have started organising workshops – or there is Khamir that are based very closely to Ajrakhpur. There may also be places you could learn in Ahmedbabad if you can’t make it to Kutch. The best way to find out would be tourist information, guides or hotels. Honeycomb International based in the Cama hotel, or the House of MG have good connections with craftspeople.
      I hope this is helpful, and if you need any more info, do get in touch again.

    • I don’t have a newsletter at the moment, but I’m working on a way that readers can be alerted when new posts appear. I will let you know when this happens.
      Thank you for your interest

  6. Dear Ruth, thank you so much for your generous and helpful information. I really appreciate your advice and will give you a report and post pictures after my trip to Gujarat in October,
    All best with your own studies and textile practice, Marie

  7. Hi Ruth,

    I hope you remember me, we meet when you were in Ahmedabad and also in Bhuj.
    just to update you we have opened our own travel company and dealing only with people coming to Gujarat.

    do get in tour if you need any info on Gujarat.



  8. Hi. I am looking for unusual textile tours or cruises – not your everyday thing. I just returned from a month in Central Asia looking at textiles and I also have done the Lyon Silk Tour. Not interested in Mexico or India, but want to stay in Europe or other parts of Central Asia. I would love to see The Baltics. Any thoughts?


    • Hi Michele,
      I’ve not done much travel around the Baltics. However, I’m off to Bulgaria in a couple of weeks, and do hope to do more research around those countries. I will be writing about my Bulgaria trip here. Up to now, my main area of expertise is India.

  9. Dear All,

    Our contemporary products Suzani textile is hand-embroidered by women
    incorporating designs traditionally used in the 18th and 19th centuries in
    the towns of Uzbekistan. We also produce and sell different kind of
    embroideries with different motives and designs. In our collection there is
    also a big amount of suzanies from 1970’s and 1980’s ( Vintage Suzanis)
    which are going to become rare in our days. Our motto is to beautify
    people’s life and home with beautiful embroideries, and to offer only
    embroideries with only the best quality.

    The LitleSilkRoadShop has strong ties in Central Asia which we gained
    through our efforts establishing reliable contacts with officials and
    cooperating closely with artisans, craft persons, workshops and
    manufacturers. Today we offer to your attention different kind of suzanis
    for your home, office, friends, relatives and your family.

    Along with our collaborative team we are creating the antiques of tomorrow.
    We are pioneers in reproduction masterpieces combining the modern style and
    keeping the ethnical traditions of hand craft. This makes our products even
    more exceptionally unique and distinctive. We guarantee the quality of
    products and customer satisfaction for all purchases.

    Thank You and look forward to hearing back from You,

    Hope to work with You in the future,

    Best Regards,

    The Little Silk Road Shop

    Azizbek Gulyamov



  10. Hi Ruth,

    It has been a most fascinating experience, exploring your blog. Your efforts and dedication are commendable and inspiring! I found many familiar people, having lived in Ahmedabad and studied at NIFT and NID. We visited Kutch for our craft documentation way back in 1999 and the experience has never left me. Your blog posts remind me of those times.

    I look forward to many more stories from your end and send you good wishes for the adventures ahead!

  11. Hello Ruth,
    I have just been straight back to Kutch in my imagination, thanks to your wonderful post about the Vankar community. I would love to get back there and see again the great weavers and printers I met.
    Your writing captured the essence of the place beautifully and I look forward to the next instalment!

    • Hi Lindsay, thanks for your comment. I’m really pleased you enjoyed reading my post, and its brought back good memories for you. You should definitely go back! Really enjoyed reading your blog too, and I’d love to come and see your work. Next instalment is on its way..

  12. Hi Ruth,

    Great blog !! I’m working on an e-magazine which aims to raise awareness about Islamic Art. It is a non-commercial self-funded venture. Could you please permit me to use some of the photographs from this blog? Do you have any information/references on the use of Islamic motifs in textiles in India. I would really appreciate your help. Thank you for your attention.

    • Hi Rupa,
      Thanks for your comment, pleased you like the blog. Which photos would you like to use? I’d be happy for you to use some photos if you can let me know which ones and if you can credit me as the photograph owner. I have written a little on Islamic patterns and motifs in India. I can send you some of my writing if you like? If you’re looking specifically for references on ajrakh patterns, Francoise Cousin, Lotika Varadarjan and Emma Roland have written about the meanings, origins and influences on the patterns. Then I referred to more general work on Islamic patterns such as Keith Critchlow, Laleh Bakhtiar – Sufi: Expressions of the Mystic Quest and Symmetries of Culture by Washburn and Crowe.
      Hope this helps,

    • hello Rupa,
      Forgive me for butting in, but I would be hugely interested to learn more about your e-magazine. Islamic art is an increasing interest of mine, in textiles and other media. Where can I find you online?


  13. Dear Ruth,

    I am a textile design Graduate from NIFT, Hyderabad. I have a similar taste and love for indian textiles. I am really fascinated by your blog and inspired by the information you have provided. I am currently working with Designer Sabyasachi. but I would love to travel and gather information about the Indian textiles with you and your team . It would be great if you would let me know what could be done .


    • Dear Gauri,
      Thanks for your message. I received your message through LinkedIn too. Sorry for the slow reply, I’ve been travelling a lot recently.
      I don’t really work on design at the moment, just academic research through a PhD. I am focussing on the impact of design education for rural handloom weavers in India. If you are interested in getting more experience in research and learn more about what I’m doing, you could come along with me on my next trip. I will let you know when I’ll next be travelling. More soon.

    • Hi Patty, thanks for your comment. I’ve heard of Colouricious – the tours look great. I really hope you enjoy your trip to Kashmir, I’ve never been, but would love to go! Would love to hear about the trip – it would be great if you could write a piece about your experience, and I will publish it here! Ruth

    • Hi Patty,

      Greetings from Gujarat. What a small world it is I should say. I was a Guide when Ruth came to Gujarat along with her group and the tour was led by Prof Liz. I did meet Ruth in Bhuj Gujarat when she came back again.

      She has really done a great job through her blog.


  14. Hi Patty, saw your comment on the blog, Ruth traveled with me when she was in Gujarat along with the student group led by Prof Liz and I was their Guide in Ahmedabad for 01 day, I also meet Ruth when she came to Bhuj and the third time I was to work with her as an interpreter when she was working with weavers in Bhuj, but unfortunately it could not happen as the dates were clashing with some other work that I had at that time.

    she is doing a great job through the blog,

    pls be in touch


    gujarat Guide

  15. Dear Ruth, I chanced on your blog and it is very interesting and well done and informative. I am writing to ask for a specific help. We are based in a village in AP, and livlihoods has becomes an issue for the people with consecutive failing rains. The women have started stitching bags, and are trying to market them. Block printing would add colour. I bought them a couple of blocks. Am unsure of what paints to use. Would appreciate any help.

    The bags are here

    Thank you so much, Aparna

  16. Hello Ruth,
    I really liked the work done by artisans. Handwork done by artisan resulted in beautiful products. I am really interested to work with the weavers to develop sample for my collection. Basically I want the sample develop with thick yarns on hand loom so that I get a texture on the fabric. Is it possible that I came down to Gujarat and work on my samples with them. I can also send pictures of what kind of samples I want.

    Kind Regards
    Anu Sharma

    • Hi Anu, Yes many weavers in Kutch would be happy to work with you to develop samples. Coarse, hand-spun local sheep wool is the traditional yarn, so they are used to using thicker yarn. I suggest making a visit to see and learn about the weaving first. You could visit Bhujodi, just 9km from Bhuj where there is a larger concentration of weavers, as well as some other villages such as Sarli on the way to Mandvi, Kotay and Lodai north of Bhuj and Nakhatrana. You could also visit Khamir CRC an NGO in Kukma village, just 14 km east of Bhuj who have a directory of weavers and will help you find the right weaver depending on the work you’re looking for. hope this is helpful.
      All the best with your work,

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