To sleep under a hand-quilted Les Indiennes quilt is to understand why Mary Bergtold Mulcahy calls them “the finest quilts in the world.” The softness of our bedding-weight cotton and fluffy cotton batting—along with the weightlessness of the quilt—improve the sleep experience perhaps a little too much… it’s difficult in the a.m. to take leave of this comfort! IMG_2464-562x562 Mary launched Les Indiennes in 2002 when she found a craftsman named Srinivas in a tiny village in southern India. He is one of very few craftsman who still practice the ancient art of kalamkari, an extremely complex printing method. IMG_2476-562x374 The art of kalamkari dates back to antiquity. Its birthplace is the region of Machilipatnam, along the Coromandel Coast of South India. Les Indiennes is fortunate to be working with the descendants of the early exporters who developed block printed designs for the European market in the 18th century. IMG_2464_2-562x562 These dedicated artisans strictly adhere to the traditional kalamkari methods. Using sun-bleached cotton and natural, vegetable dyes, the process is long and arduous, but the result is unequaled by any modern method. This beautiful and inherently sustainable textile is the work of man and nature in harmony. IMG_2274___-562x374 We are particularly proud of the fact that Les Indiennes never set out to industrialize or to change the way things are done in India. The production of our fabric uses no electricity, does not cause pollution nor does it disrupt the traditional lifestyle of the village where it is made. Les Indiennes provides fair trade employment for over 50 families, raising the standard of living for the entire community. For a chance to a quilt from Les Indiennes (RRP $ 392.00) make sure to enter our 12 days of Christmas competition. ENTER FOR OUR COMPETITIONS HERE Winners will be announced on 6 January.

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  • Nina Ghosh on

    We live in an ever changing world. Traditional crafts disappearing. How refreshing that the beautiful art of kalamkari is maintained in such a sustainable way. Thanks Selvedge for inspiring articles such as this one.

  • Debra Ponte on

    This magazine is amazing.The creative people.Your stories.I’d like more INTERVIEWS.
    Short and sweet in each issue,not of famous,but rather everyday gals starting!??
    I purchase mine from Barnes & Noble when I head off island.Great work! Debra

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