Our travels take us far and wide and allow us to bring you the unique fabrics you love

Mumbai is an exciting city full of colour, movement, wonderful Victorian architecture and fantastic shopping.

You can buy just about anything in the dense bazaars surrounding Crawford Markets, which is the main market in the city for fruit and vegetables but also has animals, spices and much more.  One word of warning, on both occasions that I have been to Crawford Markets, men have approached me and assured me that visitors cannot  enter the markets without a guide, and will point to the sign which says exactly this.  Don’t believe them.  You can go there freely and without a guide and enjoy the bustle and colour of the market without assistance.

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IMG_0827When you exit the markets, weave your way through the numerous streets and lane ways and make your way to Mangaldas Market.  This is a covered area of stalls and is known for the silk and dress fabrics and lots of tailors.

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It is very easy to get lost but just go with the flow and try to make your way to Zaveri Bazaar with specialises in jewellery,

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Then make your way to Chor Bazaar with antiques and furniture, Dhabu Street, which is worth looking at if you are interested in leather goods and Mutton Street, for antiques and various junk.  My favourite area is Chipi Chol where you will find trimmings, buttons and bits.

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Every lane way specialises in various items, be it plastic bags or paper products and although it sounds mundane, each lane is worth a visit.  Enjoy.

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I have just returned from a wonderful 10 days in India.  Apart from a whirl of shopping and site seeing, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the wonderful gardens in New Dehli and the floral arrangements in several of the five star hotels I visited, (just for a sticky beak unfortunately).

The Mulgar Gardens, which is open from 10 – 4.00pm, and only for a month every year, mid Feb to early March, is definitely worth a visit if you are in Delhi during this timeIMG_0729

 

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While visiting New Delhi I called into the Imperial Hotel for a coffee and morning tea.  This dramatic arrangement is in the main entry to the hotel.

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The beautiful hotel The Ramburg Palace in Jaipur is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen.

These arrangements were truly elegant in their simplicity.

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Of course, the hotel to visit in Mumbai is The Taj Palace Hotel in Colaba.

The flowers are always special and dramatic.

 

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Even this Mumbai restaurant, Koyla, which is located on the roof of a very basic office block, shows wonderful style with their table decoration of rose petals for a special customer.

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We have just received some beautiful outdoor remnants from a very upmarket fabric supplier, Clarence House.

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I posted the photos on Facebook and I said that the company was English (I think due to the name). I wanted to learn more about the company and looked at their website and I am embarrassed to say that I was mistaken and it is an American company. I should have looked first.  This company has been around for over 50 years, so I thought I would talk a bit about a couple of the companies who supply the design industry and have been setting the standard in the world of interiors over the past 50 years or so.

Clarence House

Clarence House was started by a New York interior designer, Robin Roberts, in 1961. He felt that there was a void in the American textile market and started to import fabrics from Europe. In the 1980’s Kazumi Yoshida became the in house art-director and Clarence House opened its own design studio, designing and manufacturing their own range of fabrics and wallpapers.

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Kazumi Yoshida is known for his artistic versatility and as a multimedia artist.  He works in the mediums of sculpture and painting and he has developed a unique style and an impeccable eye. With a vast network of European mills and textile archives at his disposal, has been designing both printed and woven fabrics for well over 25 years for Clarence House and still controls the evolution of each design from the initial concept to the finished product.

Famous for its hand screen printing of fabrics and wallpapers, high-style textures and hand-loomed brocades, Clarence House also offers the highest quality velvets, damasks, silks, cottons, linens, sheers, trimmings and leathers.

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Headquarters are  in New York City at the D & D Building. Other showrooms are located in London, Greece, South Africa, Australia, and Canada.  In Australia, The Textile Company is the supplier of Clarence House.

Designers Guild

Designers Guild was established in 1970 by Tricia Guild who is known for her bold and original fabric and wallpaper collections and her work as a designer and manufacturer on a range of home interior products.

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The company is headed and owned Tricia Guild, who is the Founder and Creative Director, and her brother Simon Jeffreys, Group Chief Executive. The Designers Guild business philosophy is to combine creativity and innovation with the highest levels of design and ethically produced product and service.

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Tricia Guild opened her first shop in the 1970’s on the Kings Road; selling fabrics but also ceramics and furniture. In 1974 she started working with other designers and focused on expanding the range of fabrics both in the UK as well over overseas. By the 1980’s the company had forged a wider reputation which was further enhanced with the publication of the Tricia Guild books, reflecting the designers aesthetics and promoting her product range globally.

Always at the forefront of interior design, Tricia Guild has achieved critical acclaim with her up-to-the-minute collections that feature her signature sense of “contemporary traditional” style with layers of pattern, bold colors, and varying textures. The Designers Guild fabrics, wallpapers, and furnishings  showcase her unparalleled gift for color, innate understanding of space and proportion, and sheer brilliance at mixing patterns and textures. She blends femininity and understated elegance in her uniquely innovative yet classic approach.  Designers Guild is available in Australia throughout Radford.

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My 8 days in Melbourne and Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula was just delightful. It is an interesting area with river and coast, and reminded me a bit of the McLaren Vale area of South Australia with rolling hills inland and wine growing close by. There are so many terrific cafes, produce stores and wonderful restaurants to visit. However, my favourite was JACK RABBIT. It is not easy to find if you don’t know where you are going as it is down a dirt track just out of Drsydale. However, it is certainly worth the effort.
Posh restaurant, great cafe, wine cellar door and views to die for.

Barwon Heads, Queenscliff and other small towns in the area are really worth a visit.

This is a great example of a butcher who has taken things to the next level.

This is a great example of a butcher who has taken things to the next level.

 

Wonderful view and great food

Wonderful view and great food

Clever Graphics as the logo for Jack Rabbit

Clever Graphics as the logo for Jack Rabbit


 

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Day two. 16th Feb 2014

After an early breakfast with all the European fare as well as Indian treats, I had a bit of a lie by the pool and a dip before heading to the reception to meet the driver who was taking me out for the day. Continue reading


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After a restful stay in Mumbai, I flew to Jodhpur in Rajasthan.  At Mumbai airport I met up with some of the people I was to be spending time with in the desert and at Jodhpur airport we met with the rest of the group.  In four cars we 14 Australians drove into the desert for 3 hours to the city of Nagaur, (which lies halfway between Jaipur and Jaisalmer), to attend the annual Sufi Festival in the Ahhichatragarh Fort. Continue reading


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There is a new market coming to Sydney!
Called the Love Market it will be located on the upper level (undercover), of The Italian Forum, Norton Street, Leichhardt.The first market will be on Saturday 3rd MAY from 10 am – 3.00pm and we will be part of it. Continue reading