Monday, May 16, 2016

9 stunning Instagram accounts to follow for textile and design inspiration

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Instagram is currently my most favorite way to discover design content and inspiration. Its clean, easy to navigate around and does not push ads in my face. I joined the Instagram party late, but now I am pretty hooked.

Here are 9 stunning Instagram accounts to follow for textile and design inspiration

1. Marybeth Mulcahy - @marybethbergtoldmulcahy

Marybeth's company Les Indiennes works with block print kalamakari artisans in South India. Her designs have a sense of calm about them. They are usually in a single color, printed on organic cotton with natural dyes. Marybeth's Instagram account is a treasure trove of vintage textile inspiration and glimpses of prints from her own collections

2. Cardamom Collective - @cardamomcollective

Kelly Moe - Rossetto's Cardamom Collective is a medley of textures, natural colors, hand woven and handmade goods. You will find cute sets of travel sized handmade paint kits in Altoid mint boxes, South Indian Ikats, Guatemalan handwoven travel accessories and jewelry, block printed scarves, handmade salves and much more. Enough to keep one returning for more

3. Madame Hall - @madamehall

 I first came across Madame Hall while searching for tribal Jat embroideries and I am completely in awe of this wonderful lady. Lisa Hall is based in a small town of Bhuj in Gujarat, India and works with vintage Kutch embroideries and ajrakh fabrics. She designs flowy, oversized clothes and models her products with some refreshing swagger!

4. Zeri Crafts - @zericrafts

Laila Al-Hamad's Zeri Crafts is a tribute to Gulf culture. Laila draws her inspiration from the traditional Bedouin art and Sadu weaving. Their instagram feed is a collection of clean, crisp images, simple geometric patterns and colors inspired by desert living. I first wrote about Zeri Crafts in early 2013, read the story here

5. Good Earth India - @goodearthindia

Good Earth is synonymous with beautiful design in India. Their instagram feed is a stunning collection of their products that are a tribute to the traditional arts and crafts of the country. Follow Good Earth India for a mesmerizing journey that celebrates our Indian heritage

6. Wandering Silk - @wanderingsilk

Gorgeous textiles and exotic travels. Currently based in India, Katherine's instagram account is a photo essay of her travel to far flung places like Cambodia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan along with sneak peeks of her work with women artisans in Asia. Katherine has very aptly coined the hastag #textilewanderlust and I absolutely admire her work.

7. Once upon a tea time/ Collectivitea - @once_upon_a_tea_time@collectivitea

A play of pattern, textures and layers, Priya's instagram feed is a visual delight. Her 4 pm chai-time photos are postcard perfect. The pictures will definitely entice you to sit down for a cup of tea and biscuits. Priya and her team recently launched @collectivitea, a market place that supports creative entrepreneurship and is a go to resource for eclectic products from across the world. Follow along to discover global splendor. 

8. Gunjan Aylawadi - @gunjanay

Visual artist Gunjan Aylawadi weaves poetry with paper. Yes, paper! Her work is exquisite and complex. Imagine the play of several strips of paper, curled and woven to create art that is inspired by mathematics. Mind-blowing! Follow her on Instagram for awe-inducing work in progress pictures from her studio in Sydney.

Do share your favorite Instagram accounts to follow. Leave a comment here or email me. Follow me on @karibykriti if you like! 

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