The newest Seema Krish block-print fabric collection was inspired by Northeast summer havens—Chatham, Yarmouth, and Nantucket.
Seema Krish textiles are created using traditional Indian techniques. Preserving India’s heritage of block printing, hand embroidery, and weaving is integral to her mission of creating beautiful block-printed fabrics with a modern sensibility. The fabrics are made by artisans in Bangalore, India, who are paid fair wages in safe workshops with whom Seema Krish maintains long standing relationships.
Chatham, a seaside town located in the elbow of Cape Cod is a botanical pattern reminiscent of the flowers found there.
Yarmouth inspired this modern floral pattern with an Indienne twist.
The Nantucket island pattern by Seema Krish draws from the lyrical repetition of sand dunes.
They look gorgeous on their own or layered, monochromatic or blending the various palettes. There are wallcoverings in complementary patterns too.
Photos courtesy of Seema Krish.
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Bombay-born, F.I.T.-educated textile designer Seema Krish, who founded her textile design firm in 2010 in Boston and re-located to San Francisco last year, will debut her new embroidered and hand blocked fabric collection “New York Story” this May.
Like Krish’s first textile collection and her second, “Bombay Glitz,” the “New York Story” fabrics are produced by hand in India with techniques that include block print and embroidery. The collection consists of six designs each done in four to six colors, and was inspired by the colors of Bundi painting and the vibrant feel of New York City.
Textile designer Seema Krish emailed me a couple of weeks ago with details about her new collection, “Bombay Glitz.” The colors are more subdued than those of her first collection. These designs are done in eggplant, persimmon, maize, and jade, as well as silver and gold metallics. The effect is rich and sophisticated.
Inspired by the Bollywood pop culture’s glamour and glitz, the textiles, which are available as fabric by the yard, are hand block printed, embroidered and woven. They’re composed of natural fibers–linen and linen/ cotton blends, and produced in sustainable environments.
Metallics Hand block printed & embroidered on a metallic linen. Available in 3 patterns & 2 colorways: pali hill – silver or gold glitter bandra – silver or gold glitterati – silver or gold
Bandra Hand block printed & embroidered on a linen/cotton blend.
Available in 4 colorways: brinjal purple, goa sand, haveli red, monsoon blue.
Juhu Hand block printed & embroidered with tie dyed thread on linen/cotton blend. Available in 4 colorways: badal gray, brinjal purple, goa sand, panna green.
Founded in 2010, Seema Krish fabric line is dedicated to producing artisanal textiles created by a select group of Indian craftspeople. The textiles reflect a fusion of influences and ethnic traditions paired with a modern sensibility. Their mission is to enhance the lives of both the users and producers of the products.
It’s true, I blogged about Seema Krish last summer after interviewing her for “Designing Women” in Stuff Magazine. But although we had a long phone conversation, we had never met. She invited me to The Buttery for tea last week, and after devouring a carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting (all me, not her), we walked to her studio at 46 Waltham (and ran into Jill Goldberg of Hudson with her beautiful new baby Dylan).
After introducing me around to some stationary designers – it’s like a college dorm in there, very fun – Seema showed me her newest work. In addition to continuing production on her debut collection, “Bombay Bliss”, she is introducing a new line of 46 textiles to Seema Krish Collection. Her work is absolutely stunning. The photos don’t do it justice. The colors are gorgeous, and on top of the block printing – by hand, so not perfect, thus utterly charming – are hand stitched details, like French knots, cross stitched “X”s, dotted lines, subtle mirrored pieces, appliqué, etc.
When textile designer Seema Krish, whose work is helping to revitalize crafts in her native India, learned that I had studied Indian art in grad school, she suggested I have a look at contemporary artist Alexander Gorlizki. Mughal miniatures, with a twist!