Since I moved to London (3 months ago!) I’ve been exploring the rich variety of fabric shops, haberdashers and bead shops, searching for materials for my jewellery making, as well as shops selling unique and innovative craft creations of London makers.
Here are a few of my favourites so far:
The Cloth House just off Oxford Street is one of many fabric shops in the trendy and creative Soho. This one has to be my favourite, mainly because of its carefully chosen selection of Indian hand block-printed fabrics from Rajasthan and Gujarat, as well as its vintage kantha quilts, gorgeous high quality silks, linens and embroidered fabrics.
I recognised some of the traditional designs of the Khatris in Kutch, as well as those designed by Simon Marks who regularly visits the home of Dr Ismail Mohammed Khatri to commission fabrics which he then supplies to Cloth House. I saw the one below being printed on my last visit to Ajrakhpur.
Our Patterned Hand on Broadway market also sells Rajasthani hand-block printed fabrics as well as African wax resist prints.
Other fabric includes local designers, Liberty prints and V&A Museum classic prints. Our Patterned Hand also sells craft materials and runs craft workshops.
Ray Stitch in Islington is another treasure trove for crafters, designers and seamstresses that has a collection of quirky Japanese prints, holds workshops and you can even rest to have a tasty coffee after all your rummaging.
In with the Old on Amwell Street has a creatively presented selection of jewellery and fashion and home accessories by local makers, some of who work in the in-house workshop.