Eco Prints & Embroidered Illustrations

by - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New to the store – two books.

Eco Colour: botanical dyes for beautiful textiles
By India Flint.

Designer, artist, writer, sheep farmer and self described occasional ragbag princess, India Flint was born in Melbourne and has lived in diverse locations from the Andamooka Opal Fields to rural Austrailia and Metropolitan Montreal. Presently based on a rural property on the eastern escarpment of the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia, she is known for her highly distinctive eco-prints and her championing ecologically sustainable plant-based printing processes to give colour to cloth.

India produces and sporadically exhibits a range of hand-worked salvage clothing under the label “prophet of bloom,” as well as designing and making plant-dyed costumes for theatre and dance.

Our favourite quote: “While a rational observer could reasonably suggest that the craft of plant-based dyeing straddles the disciplines of art and science, requiring at least basic competence in plant identification and a passing understanding of chemistry, some results do defy logic and fall into the realms of magic and witchcraft … “

Murdoch Books 240 pages Hardcover. $40.00 cdn. Buy Online

Some connections:
India Flint's Website:

Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal

Edited by Darielle Mason
With essays by Oika Ghosh, Katherine Hacker, Darielle Mason, Anne Peranteau, and Niaz Zaman

This substantial book is well researched, written, illustrated and designed. Kantha quilts are created from worn out garments imaginatively embroidered by women with motifs and tales drawn from a rich regional repertoire. They were traditionally stitched as gifts for births, weddings and other family occasions. The characteristic illustration style that comes through in the embroideries is pure folk art – in a nation known for the range and quality of its folk art traditions.

Published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this book is a comprehensive investigation into what might be called embroidered illustration. It is a welcome addition to the books documenting Indian craft.

Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press. 290 pages. Hardcover. $60.00 cdn. Buy Online

Some connections:
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Have you seen India Flint's works? Do you own a beloved Kantha? Hit us in the comments section.

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  1. thank you for the kind mention!
    best wishes

  2. I must congratulate Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press to bring out such an excellent book on Kantha.
    Being a professor of design, with Phd in Traditional Textiles of India i can share my research work along with excellent pictures of Kantha for stoles saris etc


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