With its rich cultural heritage and tradition for unique artisan crafts, India has long been a source of fascination for designers. None more so than the buyers at London department store Liberty, who have travelled the country for fresh inspiration since the 1800s. This passion has culminated in a new Made in India collection, launched this month.
Thanks to company founder Sir Arthur Liberty's passion for exotic designs, the store's history has been entwined with Asia's creative talents since it first opened its doors in 1875. Patrons were delighted by the rich colouration and exotic design of fine Indian silks, Japanese cloisonné vases, Chinese carved black wood furniture and Himalayan cashmere.
To create the Made in India range, Liberty's buying team sought out some of the country's oldest aesthetic traditions, looking at ways to reinterpret age-old crafts.
'It was great to meet so many skilled, passionate people who take a lot of pride in what they do,' says homeware buyer Bryony Sheridan. 'We really like makers and handmade projects – many of these skills have been passed down from generation to generation.'
The collection covers a wide breadth of creative ground, reflecting the historic status and diverse traditions of India's arts and crafts industries. Blue pottery from Rajasthan, phulkaris from Punjab and sari borders from Varanasi highlight a range of the creations produced by skilled craftspeople from particular regions.
From elaborate throws and quilts to decorative wooden furniture, the Made in India collection is designed to be mixed and matched with other pieces in the home for a truly eclectic look.
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