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Bright Ikats November 21 2016, 0 Comments

Ikat is a beautiful form of resist dying that has had a long history in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan.  The pattern is created by binding yarns in a tight wrapping. Bindings are altered to create new patterns and then the yarns dyed in different colors.  This amazing technique inspired us in ecru to imitate it but by using embroidery.  Using three different colors of thread, we created a collection of Ikat Embroidered Charms.

(Images courtesy of ecru)

 


A Little Copacabana September 09 2013, 0 Comments

Pineapples are playful and fun.  They constantly remind us of Carmen Miranda’s fruity headdress, which is always a good thing.   

As much as we love to eat this sweet and fragrant fruit, we love to use it in our products.    Used in the design of a bowl or printed fabric, pineapples add the right amount of tropical feeling to a space.  And there’s nothing wrong with making your home feel like the Copacabana.

Tablecloth sold at 42KD, Cocktail Napkins Sold as a Set of 4 at 32KD, and Sophia 203 for ecru Pouch sold at 30KD. 

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Tales of Endearment, Pintrest, Amy Stone, and ecru) 


Royal Blue August 05 2013, 0 Comments

There is nothing like a rich color to make a space look chic.  Royal blue is one of those colors.  It’s that deep shade of blue that engulfs you like the waves in Hokusai’s prints. 

 

The name of the color is rumored to have been invented by a miller in Somerset, England who won a dress making competition for the British Queen in the early 1800s.  We love to use royal blue here at ecru, and we cannot wait to introduce you to different prints in this color for the upcoming fall and winter season.  

Crab Floor Cushion sold at 40KD and Sophia 203 for ecru Small Lovebird Pouch sold at 30KD.

 

Hussah 

 

(Images courtesty of Hokusai, Vogue Portugal, and ecru) 

 

 

 


Enchanting Jaipur June 25 2013, 0 Comments

After the hustle and bustle of Bombay we hopped on the train to enchanting Jaipur.  Once there, we met with all the talented artisans we work with to discuss the production of new exciting ecru products for your home.  Bright colors of thread were chosen for our embroidered crib charms at Sophia  203, cotton was dyed in unique colors to be woven into our dhurries, and bright paint was mixed to create unique combinations for our hand block printed fabric.  

We can’t wait to show you what’s up our sleeves, but until then, here’s a little sneak peek of what went on in Jaipur.  

xx

ecru team 


Silver Linings June 05 2013, 0 Comments

A shiny object always catches the eye, it immediately invites you in.  That is why, here at ecru, we absolutely love silver.  It’s used whenever we have the chance and we cannot help being drawn to it.  

Silver implies a lot of meanings such as modernity, glamour, and versatility.  The color adds the perfect little shine to your life whether it’s in the thread of your dhurrie, your notebook's cover, or the block print in your dress.  You can’t really turn down it’s allure.

Notebooks sold at 10KD and 6KD each.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Wildfox, Cecil Beaton, Pintrest, and ecru)

 


Sweet and Tart June 03 2013, 0 Comments

 

What’s not to love about pineapples?  They have an interesting shape, they remind us of the tropics, and most importantly they are so sweet and tart.  Since pineapples are still in season, why not try a healthy and yummy Pineapple - Red Quinoa Parfait for breakfast.  It will add a sweet tropical twist to your day.  

 

Makes 1 Serving

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 ounces plain fat-free Greek or soy yogurt, preferably organic

1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

1/2 cup cooked red quinoa, chilled

2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions

Fold cinnamon into yogurt. 

In a dish, alternately layer pineapple, quinoa, and yogurt; garnish with almonds and serve.

 

Hussah

Pineapple Cocktail Napkins sold as a set of four. 

(Recipe and parfait image courtesy of Whole Living)


A Collaboration Made In Heaven February 18 2013, 0 Comments

Collaborations are exciting! Especially when you are combining forces with someone so colorful and bright.  

ecru has joined forces with the talented Sophia Edstrand of the whimsical Sophia 203 to create an array of products that will add a little bit of fantasy into your life.  Sophia 203's line of accessories involves an exquisite embroidery technique that was traditionally used to adorn miniature Hindu God figurines.  Today Sophia uses this intricate handicraft to create contemporary accessories.

It is quite thrilling to embroider ecru's unique prints in such a beautiful way, and we can't wait to share this collaboration with you.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Sophia 203 and ecru)


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