As the last days of 2014 fly away, the Fabric of India team is working hard to be ready for what will surely be a very busy year. We’re packing in as much as we can before 2015 arrives – mocking up displays, measuring extra fabric, and formatting our labels. As we go, we are – as always – taking note of details and delights to share with you. This week we thought we were about due for another ‘Inspired to Make’ post, full of lots of lovely detail shots.
So many of our objects are full of life – packed with people, elephants, tigers, horses, cows, and more – that we are constantly discovering new characters. Some of us even have personal favourites (a certain painted duck enjoys a lot of admiration in particular) and have started image collections to better show them off.
Today I’m sharing one of my own collections featuring some of the many birds we’ve met in our objects – some rather angrier looking than others, but all quite stunning.
These two appear in a small section of a Gujarati embroidered hanging. The fineness of the stitching makes my fingers itch to pull out the old embroidery hoop…
This rather aggressive looking rooster is causing a commotion in another small area of a larger chintz fragment.
And a painted and dyed menagerie on a huge and extraordinary floorspread hides some very angry birds, though once you see the whole thing you’ll understand the cause of their distress…
Finally, these superbly embroidered wildlife scenes, unbelievably fine, are a very happy hunting ground indeed.
Hopefully these images will help inspire you to get crafting over the holidays. The Fabric of India blog will be back in the new year with some exciting new updates, including behind-the-scenes peeks into the conservation studio, installation challenges, and incredible object stories.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with one more – not because he’s a bird, but because he’s my favourite.