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.
Lidewij in’t Veld
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 – http://www.jossgraham.com/. You could also try looking in Hali magazine – http://www.hali.com/ or Asian Art – http://www.asianartinlondon.com/dealers.asp
Any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
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 http://www.gallerychemould.com (i don’t have a website yet) or you could google me.
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.
The fabric in the background wallpaper circles, blue stripes) is beautiful. Where is it from ?
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!
I am manufacture of wooden printing blocks your any reqitment please contact me and give me one chance t prove my self
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I mr faiz khatri Manufactour of Kutchhi Hand Tie & Dyed bandhani process since 1960
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I have sent you an email approx. in March, and a follow up on your email provided on this website, but havent heard back. I’m not sure if you check that account. It would be great if you could let me know if there was another way to get in touch with you.
I’m sorry I don’t think I received your email. If you’d like to get in touch with me again, the best way is by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. thanks
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.
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 – http://www.kala-raksha-vidhyalaya.org/get_involved.php or there is Khamir http://www.khamir.org/ 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.
Do you have a newsletter? If so, i would like to subscribe! (The icon link doesn’t work).
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
I just sent you an email to your inbox (just a heads up – in case it ends up in spam filter)
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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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
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