Fabrics from the US

I’ve been collecting fabrics from different countries for my around-the-world skirt, and found Rekha’s lovely business in NYC, Divine NY. 

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Rekha specialises in hand-dyed and hand-printed textiles; she also offers interior design services and holds workshops on designing, block printing and dying, in her Manhattan studio. She’s inspired by Indian and Asian design, and uses Japanese Shibori as an inspiration for her hand-dying. Check out her shop, where you can buy some beautiful home decor items like recycled sari throws and hand-dyed napkins, as well as beautiful silk and cotton scarves.

So I got in touch with her to ask about scrap fabrics – my first port of call, since many online shops only sell by the metre. She’s been of great help in this, sharing ideas for the design of the skirt and her philosophy on textiles. We’d arranged to meet in NYC in December but sadly couldn’t, so she mailed me a pack of scrap fabrics.

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Sadly, many of them were rather small for the project in mind, or were upholstering fabric rather than for sewing a skirt, but they were put to good use decorating my sketchbook!

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Here are the fabrics I will be using for the skirt, hand-made and hand-dyed in NY. Aren’t they beautiful?

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To top it all off, Relha sent me a lovely thank-you card too!

So if you’re looking for some inspiration or new ideas for home decoration, with a modern and elegant style, have a look at Rekha’s shop and send her an email – you will not be disappointed!

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