Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Treasure from my Grandmother's Chest

I never had the good fortune of meeting my grandmother. She just lived to be barely 30 years when she passed away. My mum was 12 then. All that I know of her is through my mum's stories. She loved to embroider and make wicker baskets. In olden times in India, one had to trace the design by a blue carbon paper on fabric and then embroider. She started embroidering this pillow by chain, satin stitch and french knot daisies but could not complete it.

One can see blue carbon marking below the embroidery

Blue carbon tracing that she could not complete

Hand Emrboidered Daisies
I will showcase more of my grandmother - Chandrakala's work on my blog as a tiny tribute to the fascinating gifted woman that she was.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cartographical Paintings at the Vatican

A few months back I had visited the Vatican and saw these beautiful frescos of maps painted by hand. These maps are hundreds of years old when people sailed and marched by foot to places. Its amazing that they are close to 90% accurate in their description. Most of these maps are painted topographical maps of Italy based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti. I love the colors esp. azure blue contrasting with the dark olive green, painting of terrain and gosh they even have some fabulously detailed sail boats at sea. 

@ all images are copyright The Vatican, Italy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fly, fly, fly away Collection

Have been working on a kids collection- 6-12 year old boys.

Planes @ copyright Simi Gauba

Fly, fly, fly Stripe @ copyright Simi Gauba

Have a Fab Friday and see you all on Monday!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Collection 'India'

I have added 2 patterns to my portfolio recently. India's colors and vivid graphics have inspired me to make these patterns.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ma Durga

Hello Monday and all you fabulous people

I'm in India these days and am really blessed to be here at this festive time of the year when Diwali, the main hindu festival is round the corner. 

I recently went for a festival that Bengalis all over the world wait for; the whole year; called Durga Puja. I was awed when I saw the huge, beautifully painted, richly clothed, bejewelled sculpture of Ma Durga (means mother durga in hindi) and I love the icon associated with the festival these days.
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomizes the victory of Good over Evil

Durga Pooja in India these days is also associated with saving the girl child 

Friday, October 19, 2012

From Raw Cotton to Duvet Covers - The Full Story - Part 5

Continuing from yesterday's post..
The fabric is then checked for any defects and then sent to stitching units. They are stitched in assembly lines mostly with a line of people stitching bodies, another line adding zippers, another line adding washcare etc. Finally the duvets are packed with cardboard inserts showing the design, constitution of fabric and size clearly, all ready for you to choose your favorite duvet.

Checking of fabric for any printing or weaving defects

Fabric ready for stitching

Stitching Duvets

That's how your favorite duvet covers arrive in the stores
Hope you enjoyed reading all the posts about making duvets covers.

Have a wonderful friday and see you all on monday!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

From Raw Cotton to Duvet Covers - The Full Story - Part 4

This is post is all about production of Duvet Covers. 
If you are joining us from this post, do read in the previous 3 posts about making fabric from raw cotton and sampling of duvet cover designs

When the untreated fabric comes from factories, it is bleached and then the printing process begins. The printing is mostly roller printing. Roller Printing is common for high volumes of printing and also because the repeat size of the design can be large. 

Stocked untreated fabric

Bleached Fabric

Stocked bleached fabric

Roller Printing

Fabric stored after printing in huge metal containers which have close to 1000mtrs storage capacity

Fabric is washed only after reactive dyes have been used in printing and then dried and stored

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

From Raw Cotton to Duvet Covers - The Full Story - Part 3

This is part 3 of the story from Raw Cotton to Duvet Covers. Don't forget to see the 2 earlier posts. 
Today's post is about sampling of duvet covers.
When duvet manufacturers get a design from a design studio, they make it on a digital printer. This is the first prototype made with dyes that are not fast but gives the designer a very good idea of what his/her design will look like

Digital Printer
The dyes used for digital printer cost as much as 2/3rd of the printer itself making digital printing very expensive
After confirmation of design, the CAD is converted into screens
Dyes for the baby rotary printer
Colors being fed for printing
Screen Printing by baby Rotary Printer
Adding Screen 2
 More about manufacturing of duvets in tommorow's post

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

From Raw Cotton to Duvet Covers-The Full Story- Part 2

Hello everyone, great to have you all back. Incase you are seeing this post for the first time, I recommend that you read yesterday's post too to know how we landed at the thread stage

After the fine thread is made, its converted into different counts of fabrics and by count I mean, the number of threads of yarn/inch of the fabric. The higher the count the more expensive the fabric

Yarn to Fabric 
Making Flannel
Cotton Flannel is made by running the fabric into this machine which has metal bristles and brushes the cotton fabric making it into Cotton Flannel

Checking Fabric for slubs and any other loose threads
Storage of close to 100 millions meters of fabric
Big Factories have high volume storage facility as then they can take up immediate orders and execute fast deliveries

Tommorow's post is about colors and printing