This summer I had the pleasure of meeting Hopie and Lily Stockman and Nisha Mirani of Block Shop Textiles. Their Los Angeles studio space is basically a wonderland of amazing colors, patterns, textures and — most importantly — pets. Their studio dog, Dolly, reminded me so much of our dog, Hope, that I spent most of our time there sitting with her on the floor. Kelli, Sasha and I were there to photograph the Stockman sisters for In the Company of Women, and we got to hear all about their process of working with Viju and Sonya, their printer and community manager in Bagru, India. I loved seeing their watercolor sketches and how they came to life in the masterful hands of textile artists like Viju.
Today, the Block Shop team launched a beautiful new collection of Kantha Quilts (and pillows!) that expand and push their collection in an exciting new direction. Inspired by the architectural motifs and landscapes of places they love, like the Big Sur coastline, Bryce Canyon and Big Sky country, Block Shop’s new collections are a contemporary take on the traditional Indian kantha quilt. Each quilt is hand block printed and dyed in Bagru, then stitched entirely by hand by women across rural Rajasthan. These women spend over two months stitching each piece using running stitches and traditional “unknotted” technique. No two quilts will end up exactly alike and, because Block Shop doesn’t use a middleman, they’re able to work with and pay artisans directly.
The Big Sur, Bryce, Gallatin and Islesford quilts, and two new coordinating pillows, launch today and each quilt will be available for $280. I love the idea of quilts, especially modern designs like this, becoming our generation’s first “hand-me-down” purchase. So much love, hard work and skill goes into each one of these, they feel like a great way to give someone something they will hand down to their friends and family for years to come. Click here to check out and shop the new Block Shop collection online! xo, grace