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Art of Hand Block Printing

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Art of Hand Block Printing

The traditional process of hand block printing on textiles, with rich natural colors, has been practiced in Rajasthan for around 500 years.  Block printing was introduced to the Jaipur region of Rajasthan by the Chhipa community.  This community was originally located in Bagru Village, an area now famous for its vegetable dye and mud resist (dabu) block prints.  The art of block printing has been passed down for generations within families and communities and has branched out in recent decades to other regions such as Sanganer, just South of Jaipur.  In traditional Bagru style block printing, the ‘recipes’ for the traditional plant-based dyes...

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Wool or Cashmere

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Wool or Cashmere

  Wool and Cashmere wool are fibers that can be blended together or combined with other materials to make garments and accessories. Cashmere and wool are soft, regulate body temperature and repel moisture — making these blends ideal choices for sweaters, hats, gloves and even socks. To maintain their positive features, wool and cashmere blends require cleaning and storage care. What is Wool Wool is a diverse natural fiber that is collected, sheared or clipped from sheep and other animals, such as goats, alpacas, rabbits and camels. Wool is an ideal textile fiber because of its water-resistant and insulating features. Wool can...

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LOVE FIRST, HASSLE NEVER

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LOVE FIRST, HASSLE NEVER

Here at Melange Chic, our customers’ feelings, emotions and genuine interest in quality fashion, homewares and jewellery are central to our core values. Over time, we have all had to suffer numerous marketing strategies employed by the retail industry; from pesky subscription emails, advertisements playing on your innermost emotions encouraging you to buy the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, false marketing to increase sales and the illusions of bulk bargains. Have you ever walked into a store and immediately been confronted with a pushy sales person who is in essence twisting your arm to buy their product? How does this...

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Biggest Morning Tea for the Biggest Cause

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Biggest Morning Tea for the Biggest Cause

I was fortunate to be part of the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea at The Cheltenham Rec Club. It's about time a cure is found for Cancer, a disease which can destroy families. It was heart warming to see so much support for the cause. More details at https://biggestmorningtea.com.au/

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Kantha – A stitch running in history of Indian art and craft

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Kantha – A stitch running in history of Indian art and craft

Kantha stitch is a traditional threadwork craft with its origination in western regions of India. It is a needle art expression to depict story, nature and tradition. The craftsmen draw inspiration from their surroundings.The exact time of origin of the word kantha is not accurately known but it probably had a precursor in kheta meaning "field"The earliest and most basic stitch  found in Kantha  is the running stitch, runs across the entire length of fabric and most commonly seen in quilts, is likely inspired by the fields, usual setting around the vernacular craftsmen/women. What also makes these quilts versatile is that you...

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