Ever since we visited an Ajrakh block-printing factory in Gujarat back in January (HERE) I've become more obsessed with block printed fabric than ever. You're probably aware of the huge prices vintage block printed garments command and, in the past, I've always sold the pieces I've found to fund our travels but I've come to the conclusion that I feel so damned good in my block prints that I'm going to start holding on to them, they could be our pension in years to come!
Sadly this little lot isn't mine!
Here's my small - but perfectly formed - collection of block prints.
After finding a bolt of vintage block printed cotton in a dusty old tailor's shop in Goa I handed over a dress I'd been travelling in and asked them to copy it. The dress I'm wearing to Mumbai's Prince of Wales Museumttook 24 hours to make and cost less than £20 (including the fabric).
We're hoping to visit the Anokhi museum in Jaipur on our next trip to India so I was excited to find this vintage '80s Anokhi dress on eBay for a fiver. The yellow dress was from the same seller - I can't wait to wear it.
Words cannot express my love for this Adini maxi dress I found in the charity clearance shop last Autumn.
The demand for the block printed wraparound skirts we'd brought back from India for the festival season was so high that I ended up having to part with my own collection - I've only got three left now!
A Cotton Cottage purchase since sold to a festival goer!
I was going to save the Third Eye wraparound skirt to wear in India but I couldn't wait (always a sign of a successful purchase).
This wraparound is from mine and Jon's favourite ready-mades shop, Cotton Cottage. They sell exquisite hand-printed, organic cotton clothes and, luckily for us, their sale always coincides with our annual trip to India so Jon stocks up on their granddad shirts and I usually pick up a couple of maxi skirts.
Ayesha Davar's 1970s clothes often sell for ££££s so I was very excited to score this midi skirt on eBay for a bit of a bargain (I think the fact it had a 24" waist - like me- worked to my advantage!)
I bought the '70s pink cheesecloth tunic from a fellow Moseley Vintage Fair trader a couple of years ago and it's already visited Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin and seen most of South Goa. Here it is on a visit to the splendid Fernandes House.
I've worn this Phool quilted waistcoat loads since I bought it at Vintage Village in the spring. Here's the last time it was captured on camera.
I love the ingenious construction of this Jake in India top.
I can wear it either way to show off the opposing patterns and can tie it at the front or the back.
I spotted these Anokhi pyjamas on the underwear rail in a charity shop a while ago - they're miles too big but the quality of the cotton is out of this world. They sell for daft money on eBay so maybe I should just list them and buy a pair in my size when I'm in India?
I bought the large scarf from Dr Khatri's factory and the smaller one came from a trendy shop called Happily Unmarried (that's us!) in Goa about 15 years ago.
Here's my kantha jacket - it's reversible which makes it a brilliant travel piece, two jackets in one!
Have a fab weekend - I'm off to cook a home grown (by me!) rainbow chard, chickpea and mushroom curry and there might well be a few drinks to accompany it. Tomorrow it's back to the decorating.