After spending years travelling to Asia collecting furniture, fabrics and artefacts for clients, Brisbane-based mother and daughter duo Rachel and Toni Scott of Rachel Elizabeth Interiors & Textiles have released their second handmade textiles collection inspired by the wonders of Rajasthan.
Featuring rugs, linen cushions, organic cotton quilts, bed linen and table napery, the technical mastery of the unique pieces plays an exquisite homage to the tradition of Indian block printing, which is believed to have originated in the 14th century.
The stunning designs feature Rachel’s own hand-drawn illustrations, hand-block printed by artisans in Rajasthan. The print process is a long and technical process, which often features the use of many intricately hand-carved blocks used at different stages of the printing. With each stamp being applied individually, it takes time and remarkable skill to complete each piece.
The designs featured in the collection were influenced by the interiors of the forts and palaces, early morning walks through ancient bazaars, the intricate designs and colours in women’s traditional wear.
“It’s hard not to be consumed by the beauty in India, and everything about our travels there have inspired this collection,” Rachel says.
“We were absolutely enraptured by the colours, sounds and scents when we first visited the historical region in 2006, so our desire was to create striking handcrafted textiles but give them a contemporary edge to suit both modern and classic interiors.
“Each product, whether it be the rugs, cushions, bed or table linen are hand stitched, handwoven or hand block printed.
“Unlike machine-made goods that often come out of India or China, the inevitable irregularities that come from this handiwork form a uniqueness that makes them so special.”
It was important to Rachel and Toni that each step of the process was socially sustainable.
The small Rajasthan business the Scotts collaborate with has placed working conditions at the forefront of their company where employees can work their own hours and are not forced to meet minimum quantities.
“When we see the final product, we can’t help but think of all the love that has gone into each individual piece, knowing that each artisan’s skills have been nurtured and appreciated,” Rachel says.
To share their love of Rajasthan with its many historic palaces and temples, and the ancient art of block printing with others, Rachel Elizabeth Interiors & Textiles will launch small group tours of India in 2019.
In the meantime, bring a piece of Rajasthan into your home by checking out the collection online or in store at their Brisbane studio.