I am completely smitten with this particular style of ‘antique’ Indian quilt, made from mismatched printed fabrics with a contrasting running stitch which gives them a comforting, slightly waffled texture.
It’s quite tricky to find really beautiful ones, which as Mawi and Tim will attest, is a bit of a bonus in collecting old things. But I have managed to source some charming finds, made all the more lovely by their imperfections. They’re usually double-sided or ‘reversible’, and not in any co-ordinated sense- flip them over and you’re met with a garishly clashing print. Peach against stoney violet, sobre navy against vivid green and peony pink.
With this obsession in full flight, I was delighted to discover over Easter weekend in Goa that Jade Jagger has been making jackets and little pouches or bags from these exquisite textiles for her hippie-chic store on Aswem beach.
Jade herself has been snapped recently in one of her jackets at the Elle Style Awards, embodying the ‘haute hippie’ spirit of her designs.
The one I chose has a slightly cowboy feel to it with curved, flame-like motifs and what could almost be Navajo-inspired details, all rendered in bold primary colours. The Keralan cow does add to that mood too…
If you can’t get to Goa, you can also shop for Jade’s designs at her independent London boutique:
43, All Saints Road, Notting Hill, London W11 1HE (+44207 221 3991)
Open 12pm-7pm, Tuesday-Saturday