MODERN KANTHA COLLECTION FOR TIIPOI
Tiipoi is a London-based brand that takes their inspiration from a lesser know design concepts from India. The brand wants to involve a human element in the design process, therefore their products are made together with small-scale workshops and semi-industrial units in India.
We were asked to design a collection consisting of cushions and throws that would be made in collaboration with an embroidery unit in India.
We got a chance to spend few days down in the factory at the first stage of the process where we worked together on developing embroidered samples created by us before. Through this we were able to create the collection along with the producer’s possibilities and limitations.
We took our inspiration from kantha - traditional indian textiles originating in East India emerging out of the simple hand-embroidery that was used to piece together old pieces of fabric and saris to create layered cushions and quilts. The classic kantha pattern consists of repetitive rows of running stitch that covers the entire surface of a fabric, quilting it to its base layer.
The collaboration with the craftsmen had its challenges that at the end became a determining factor in creating the design. Our initial idea of scaled up kantha embroidery with different coloured threads overlapping couldn’t be done by hand as the distance between stitched was too long. Instead we began experimenting on quilting machines and discovered a nice surprise: each long stitch was made up of many small stitches, like kantha within a kantha.
The result is Modern Kantha- a collection consisting of two throws: a single and a double and four cushions. Simple dashes in different colors coming from two directions sometimes meet each other creating crosses. This creates a vibrant yet elegant surface with a modern look.
The collection is made from high quality soft cotton sateen embroidered in India.