Sophia 203's Magical Craftsmanship October 15 2018, 0 Comments
The perks of collaborating with Sophia Watanabe of Sophia 203 is the magic she is always able to produce in her atelier in Jaipur for the following reasons:
"Sophia’s embroidery — done with ancient techniques called aari and zardozi, which are practiced only by male artisans in Rajasthan and mostly used on costumes for religious ceremonies — adorns everything from necklaces to pillows to clutches and features intricately stitched flora and fauna, like poppies or butterflies, in bright shades of coral, turquoise and pink. Often inspired by works of art (a recent collection was based on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois), Sophia’s creations take hours of handcrafting and have the rich, inimitable feel of vintage heirlooms. She begins by sketching her designs, including the color placement of every thread, after which her artisans make a sample." Amanda Fortini
(Images courtesy of Masumi Kura for the New York Times Style Magazine)
Charming Kuwait February 21 2017, 0 Comments
Our latest set of charms, specifically the Della and Henna Hand were heavily inspired by our Kuwait. These whimsical pieces are embroidered representations of two beautiful traditions in this country.
The Henna Hand reminds us of a simpler time in our childhood, when little girls would emerge from their homes with orange stained palms in anticipation to celebrate something. The forever chic and relevant Della, in its brassy glory - I can smell the coffee already - a staple in all gatherings, happy or sad.
We hope these charms fill your hearts with nostalgia as much as they fill ours. Happy Kuwait month!
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pinterest)
Pink Flamingo! January 19 2015, 0 Comments
It’s hard not to smile when you see an image of a flamingo. They immediately lift your mood. Flamingos’ bright pink color is a result of the variety of different shades of feathers. Their unique color influenced our Flamingo Cocktail Napkins and Flamingo Charms. Who doesn’t need a little reminder of the tropics in this cold windy weather?
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pintrest)
Take Me to the Sea January 29 2014, 0 Comments
The Kuwaiti boom or Dhow has a certain majesty to it. Since the 17th century the Dhow has been used for pearl diving, transportation of fresh water, trade, and travel. As it connected Kuwait to India for many years of trade, it has a special significance to us. We've recreated the Dhow into one of our prints because we love how magnificent it looks at sea.
Sophia 203 Dhow pouch available in our boutique at AlOthman.
(Dhow photograph courtesy of Google Images)
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(Images courtesy of Sophia 203 and ecru)