Wednesday, June 22, 2016

School of Textiles - Registration Success

Registration line-up shortly after 8am on June 20th 2016.

Registration opening day was bright and sunny. While in the lineup people worked on their textiles and many of them were pretty impressive.

We have just consolidated all the available spaces in the 2016 Fall Session and put everything online. If your favourite workshop is already full, please call and ask to be added to the waiting list. People's plans change and some spaced do occasionally become available.

See all available workshops here:

A big thank-you to all of our volunteers and staff who helped make this registration one of the smoothest ever!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Fall Workshop Registration opens June 20th

The School of Textiles is ready for the registration opening for the Fall 2016 workshops, lectures, and events. We've put our "tips for successful registration" up on our new site:

You can also find complete listings of our 2016 fall workshops:

And all of our lectures and events:

2016 is looking fabulous!
Join us for a year to remember.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Indigo Social in the Westender

Maiwa's own Sophena Kwon has been making (blue) waves with her Indigo Social. She held two at Maiwa East in April. She is in the middle of two more right now (the second sold-out event is tonight) she has two scheduled for July and plans for more after that.

Jennifer Scott of the Westender, a Vancouver newspaper, wrote a feature on the Indigo Social in its most recent issue, The story is illustrated with wonderful photographs by Brit Gill.

Here is a link to the online version:
Designer Files: Getting Social with Indigo. 

Interested in the Indigo Social? Full details can be found at

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Textiles of the Banjara - UK Book Launch and Exhibition.

Maiwa has partnered with Joss Graham Gallery on two events as
part of a UK book launch for Textiles of the Banjara. 


Seminar and special viewing  Saturday 21st May 2 - 5pm
Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin of Maiwa Handprints. authors of the the book Textiles of the Banjara, will give a presentation of their work of over twelve years researching and reviving the traditional embroidery of the Banjara in India. 
Discussion, handling session, gallery tour and book signing. 
Places are limited so please call the gallery to book: cost £20

Private View and book signing  Tuesday 24th May 6 - 9pm
Charllotte and Tim will be present to sign copies of their book. 

Join us for the opening of the exhibition  
Exhibition runs from 25th May - 30th July, 2016

JOSS GRAHAM GALLERY 10 Eccleston Street  London SW1W 9LT  
tel:+44 (0)20 7730 4370

Thursday, May 5, 2016

20% Off for Mother's Day Weekend

Happy Mother's Day!

Treat yourself and all the wonderful women in your life to 20% off
everything in our main store on Granville Island.

Clothing, jewellery, bags, scarves and shawls – everything is on sale for this special weekend.

Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th – 10am - 7pm

Sale applies to items purchased in store only.
Cannot be combined with other offers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Up to 50% Off Furniture at Maiwa East

Maiwa East is Renovating!

Don't miss this chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind
piece of furniture at up to 50% off.

May 5th - 20th.

Visit us:
Thurs. to Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 11am - 5pm

1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC
1 Block East of Clark, 3 blocks North of 1st.

Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Spring Bedding Collection in Store!

Spring has arrived with a burst of colour!
Our spring collection is now beautifully displayed in store. Handwoven cotton, hand stitched, patchwork blankets – lay them out at home, at the beach, or for the perfect picnic.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

love letters written in cotton or sealed with indigo ...

Maiwa is proud to be featured in the business section of Montecristo Magazine. Writer Maya-Roisin Slater wrapped up with a paragraph that we want to share:

Maiwa is more than just a store, though—beyond scarves and blankets, Kwon is in the business of selling stories, and selling pieces of art that are labours of love, not labours of necessity. Each dye pattern or set of stitching is its own dialect; the textile pieces are statements from the hands of their makers. The items sold at Maiwa are lover letters written in cotton or sealed with indigo, while Kwon and her team take the role of the postman, delivering each precious message faithfully to the homes of those ready and eager to listen.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bookspotting - Textiles of the Banjara

 A new joy as authors is seeing your book in places ... here are a few recent sightings.

In the Maiwa Loft - being mailed out to everyone who pre-ordered.

In Daunt's Books (London, England, possibly our favourite bookstore in the world).

In the Victoria and Albert giftshop. In the India section, beside The Fabric of India.

Have you see seen our book somewhere? Let us know in the comments.

Order your copy through Maiwa Online

Friday, March 25, 2016

Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India

Abduljabbar Khatri in the Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
This month, Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, UK, was at the centre of the block printing world. Three events kept us focused.

The first was an exhibition in the Bonington Gallery featuring block printing history and sites of contemporary practice. The exhibition, titled Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India, included historic pieces, items of traditional dress, video footage of process and a compelling series of stills documenting the individuals who keep this time-consuming craft alive. We arrived in the last days of the show and were able to photograph Abduljabbar Khatri next to a print design based on cloth fragments recovered from Fustat, Egypt. In the background is one of Abduljabbar's masterworks, a double sided ajrakh cloth with a complex centre motif. In 2007 Abduljabbar's two brothers, Ismail and Razzaque, presented lectures and workshops at the Maiwa Textile Symposium. In January, curator Eiluned Edwards was interviewed by Aesthetica Magazine about her experience putting together the exhibit.

The second was the release of Eiluned Edwards new book, titled Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture. We are just in the process of adding it to the Maiwa online store and will post a review when it arrives (but we've had a brief look at it, here in Nottingham and are very impressed!).

The third was a program put together by Eiluned titled "Culture, Heritage and Sustainability." It was a one day seminar held in Nottingham Trent University exploring the ways in which cultural heritage is managed and sustained in different contexts—with a strong emphasis on India. Participants included Sandy Black, (author of The Sustainable Fashion Handbook), Charllotte Kwon (of Maiwa), Abduljabbar Khatri and Eiluned Edwards, Divia Patel (co-curator with Rosemary Crill of the Fabric of India Exhibition), Ritu Sethi (of the Craft Revival Trust), Ruth Clifford (graduate student looking at design education for traditional artisans) and Jatin Bhatt (of Ambedkar University, Delhi) who looked at the craft sector from a systems standpoint.

It was an engaging day and concluded a number of smaller events including a hands-on block printing workshops delivered by Abduljabbar Khatri.