SO excited to tell you are new brand Cloth Atelier is up and running! Full of delicious new fabrics, block printed and tussah silks. Available by the half metre as well as fat quarters.
Our range includes Indigo, natural dyes & pigment dyed pure cotton block printed cotton cloth & a limited range of hand woven tussah silk.
All our natural dyed yarns can still be found In The Wool Shed
Introducing the Cloth Atelier team
The Cloth Atelier team includes myself, Jackie and Alice. Jackie and I met on a City & Guilds Weaving & Design course many many moons ago... we talked of working together even back then, but children arrived and life gathered its usual momentum... We always stayed in touch with Christmas cards etc. until I bumped into Jackie 4 or 5 years ago at the NEC knitting & stitching show, Jackie booked herself on our Mindful Textile Journeys block printing trip - and the conversation started all over again about working together. In January this year Jackie returned to India with me for 2 weeks, we worked directly with the printers playing with design & colour, and Cloth Atelier was born. Alice, an undergraduate at the London school of Fashion has been lurking in the back ground for some time, but when her official internship was cancelled due to lockdown she came on full board with Cloth Atelier, and I am so delighted she could join us... We make a fabulous team, all sharing the same ethos, and have a huge love of cloth of course!
We are hoping to have our own range of designs available at some stage, but in the meantime we have an amazing collection of cloth available online right now!
"Respectful" seemed the ideal word to sum up for me what I wanted the new brand to represent. To be respectful of our environment has always been key to In The Wool Shed, but working with crafts people in India - it has to be integral on every level. From the boys who carry our bags in the hotels, the men & women who work in the printing sheds and how the environment is considered. I have been working with Hemant in Jaipur for many years, those of you who have travelled with me to Jaipur will know Hemant, who runs the block printing workshops, he is primarily a business man, who worked in the textile industry but wanted to put something back into the system, and to protect traditional crafts. He is a leading figure in environmental issues in Sanganer, setting up solar panels and waste disposal units that take out colour solids from the water before going to the government recycle unit. I have never seen a "boss" in India treat his staff with such dignity and humbleness. I feel blessed to have stumbled upon Hemant, and so grateful we are now in a position to offer you Cloth Atelier - Respectful Textiles