Hand painted chintzes from India first appeared in Europe in the early 1600’s. Their brilliantly coloured motifs of exotic flowers and foliage, animals and birds, often adorned a Tree of Life. Four hundred years later, these designs are still highly sort after today and continue to ignite the imaginations of decorators, textile designers, printers and embroiderers. Rijks Museum’s collection of 18th century Indian interior and dress chintzes are extraordinary examples of beautiful designs that stand the test of time.
Open your sewing basket & see how you feel. Are you inspired by all the tools inside? The needles & threads, the colourful cottons, the dress maker’s scissors and the crochet hooks. With just a piece of linen, a needle and thread and your imagination...something magical can be created, just like this extraordinary piece of crewel work table cloth featured here.
Cooking with natural curiosities from the sea...I asked Sonali Ghosh, Styling magazine food editor to create something special for me using water, ice and creatures from the sea. So she got her big gun pots and pans out and created a wonderful selection of delicious and very colourful dishes. We added a little extra to the dish by sprinkling on the side some more of the extraordinary vintage illustrations of Ernst Haeckel.