Such is my love for Indian textiles that this January we're touring the traditional craft villages of Gujarat, India's textile state, where we'll see at first hand age-old techniques like patchwork, embroidery, tie-dye, weaving and block printing, produced by artisans using ancient skills passed down through the centuries by their tribal ancestors.
Authentic block printed hippie dresses are massively popular on the vintage scene and command insane prices - have a look HERE at this eBay seller's listings. Back in the '70s they were cheap and cheerful but, due to the delicate nature of the gossamer fine cotton and the gold painted accents painstakingly applied by hand, most didn't stand the test of time, hence their rarity today.
I've owned a handful of midi length, block printed Seventies dresses (remember THIS beauty?) but always ended up selling them - in Vix's world hippie dresses need to be hippie length & only a floor sweeping maxi will do.
I'd resigned myself to simply drooling over them on eBay...until today.....when I spotted a maxi length vision on the dress rail in the charity clearance shop and nearly expired with excitement.
|Vintage coin necklace from the Banjara tribeswomen of Karnataka in South India, several available on our website (HERE)|
£325? No, £3 (the £322 I saved was less than we paid for a return flight from Birmingham to Mumbai!) Get in!!!! The only issue is the perished elastic in the cuffs which will take me all of ten minutes to replace when I'm
swearing at the TV watching The Apprentice later.
The question is will she join me on a return trip to the land of her birth or is she too precious? I've got two months to decide!
|Vintage Adini block printed maxi dress worn with wide-brimmed felted wool hat & my suede River Island platform boots (all charity shopped)|
Want a taste of the incredible textiles produced in Gujarat? Have a look at this video (not that us hardcore indie travellers are going on anything as sensible as an escorted tour, we'll just bumble around and get lost like we always do). Those ladies better lock up their jewellery or I'll be trying to buy it off them!
Better go easy on the rum tonight as we've got a skip arriving at the crack of dawn. The parental home has to be completely empty by midday tomorrow, god help us!
See you soon.