Blue Textiles

Schuyler Samperton

WALLPAPER // INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YOUR DESKTOP

Enjoy our latest collection of free downloadable desktop, tablet & smartphone wallpapers, courtesy of one of our favorite textile designers, Schuyler Samperton. Check out her entire collection and if you love 'em as much as we do, get the real deal to swath your home and make it look as good as your tech.

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Nellcote Apricot

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Nellcote Montego

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Nellcote Petunia

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Nellcote Wisteria

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Nellcote Sky

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Firefly Ocean

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Firefly Deep End

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Doshi Lake

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Doshi Persimmon

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Pendleton Spring

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Black Currant

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Pendleton Academy

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Celandine Sunset

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Celandine Azure

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Celandine Mulberry

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Celandine Sangria

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Caledonia Peony

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Caledonia Sapphire

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Cordoba Juniper

CLOTH & KIND // Wallpaper, Schuyler Samperton

Click to download // Cordoba Spice

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS // Click on the links to the patterns you love above. Once on the large image of the pattern, simply right click to download and save the image to your desktop. Here at CLOTH & KIND, we save all of our favorite Wallpaper downloads to a folder and set our Desktop & Screen Saver preferences to pull from that folder and rotate the images frequently for maximum gorgeousness while we're working. 

IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT STUFF // Y'all know this, but it's worth saying that all images in our Wallpaper column are the exclusive property of the textile and wallpaper designers that have so graciously shared their proprietary designs with us so that our tech can look all kinds of cool. Under no circumstances may any part of their work be copied, duplicated, manipulated or used in anyway without their express written permission. 

Clay McLaurin

Dear friend and talented surface designer Clay McLaurin's textiles have been a mainstay in CLOTH & KIND Interiors' design projects since we first started this business (and now we're loving using his newly launched wallpaper collection as well). We are absolutely mad about Clay's aesthetic... almost as much as we adore him and his partner in both life & business, Todd Piercy. They are about as kind, cool and wicked talented as people get! 

We so appreciate Clay & Todd's willingness to participate in our Wallpaper column, and hope y'all enjoy these free downloads for your tech. 

CLOTH & KIND Interiors // Clay McLaurin
CLOTH & KIND Interiors // Clay McLaurin
CLOTH & KIND Interiors // Clay McLaurin
CLOTH & KIND Interiors // Clay McLaurin
CLOTH & KIND Interiors // Clay McLaurin
CLOTH & KIND Interiors // Clay McLaurin

Palmetto Cadet // Click to download

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS // Click on the links to the patterns you love above. Once on the large image of the pattern, simply right click to download and save the image to your desktop. Here at CLOTH & KIND, we save all of our favorite Wallpaper downloads to a folder and set our Desktop & Screen Saver preferences to pull from that folder and rotate the images frequently for maximum gorgeousness while we're working. 

IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT STUFF // Y'all know this, but it's worth saying that all images in our Wallpaper column are the exclusive property of the textile and wallpaper designers that have so graciously shared their proprietary designs with us so that our tech can look all kinds of cool. Under no circumstances may any part of their work be copied, duplicated, manipulated or used in anyway without their express written permission. 

No. 54

CLOTH & KIND // Palette No. 54 by Clay McLaurin
Cool blues mixed with deep indigos. This collection was inspired by a trip to the West Indies. There is a sense of history, relaxation and easy sophistication that still remains in the islands that I fell in love with.
— CLAY MCLAURIN

Clay  put together today's Palette for us using textiles from his new Spring 2016 collection, which we're currently obsessing over. Keep an eye out for Reeds in CLOTH & KIND's upcoming window at Southern Style Now in New Orleans in May!

RIGHT // Nori in Mineral (#C21)
BOTTOM // Reeds in Indigo (#C18)
LEFT // Rattan in Indigo (#C20)

CLOTH & KIND // Krista & Tami

No. 53

CLOTH & KIND // Palette No. 53

Today's Palette includes textiles from two brilliant textile designers who both also happen to be Proust on Design alumni, John Robshaw & Lulu DK. You can read each of their responses to our infamous questionnaire here and here.

TOP RIGHT // Poppy in Silver from Lulu DK for Duralee (#64002LD-2)
BOTTOM RIGHT // Sarwan in Stone from John Robshaw for Duralee (#DU15763-435)
MIDDLE LEFT // Nizam in Indigo from John Robshaw for Duralee (#15752-193)

CLOTH & KIND // Krista & Tami

No. 42

Palette No. 42 // CLOTH & KIND

We had a visit from our Donghia rep this week and were completely enchanted with Pierre Frey's Spring 2015 Origines collection, which is a textile tribute to indigenous tribes from around the wold. Sandy, with its embroidery and shells, is a motif based on the necklaces made and worn by Aboriginal people and Kagura is a printed linen toile depicting partially overlapping traditional Japanese theatre masks in bold colors.  Gorgeous, no?! We paired these two stunners with a versatile new Dominique Kieffer tweed and simply adore the fact that its salvage can be cut and used as a brush trim. 

LEFT // Sandy in Lin/Corail from Pierre Frey (#F3022002)
MIDDLE // Kagura in Tutti Frutti from Pierre Frey (#F3009001)
RIGHT // Tweed Couleurs in Laguna from Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli (#17224-02)

LuRu Home

Hi. Our names are... Claire Russo & Liza Serratore

Our company is... LuRu Home

We're the... Claire: I’m the New York half; Liza: I’m the Shanghai half

We make/design/create... LuRu Home crafts traditionally-dyed textiles that are relevant to a contemporary way of living. For the past three years, we’ve worked with indigo hand-dyed cottons printed outside of Shanghai, China. Nankeen soy-paste resist dyeing is a 3,000 year-old technique which remains, today, sustainably produced by hand. It’s our mission to support the artisans who print our fabrics by bringing patronage back to their craft through our line of textiles and accessories for the home. A fondness for Chinese motifs underpins our work as our collection evolves.

Something you need to know about us is... Claire: I collect miniature things (tiny lucky-cricket cages, petite cooking utensils, baby porcelain bowls....); Liza: I love insects and oriental carpets 

Here’s how this company came to be... Old friends who ended up in Asia, we convened in Shanghai in the fall of 2010. Shanghai truly is the Paris of the East, a city of 22 million where traditional culture, art-deco internationalism and modern commerce collide. Nankeen indigo fabric was a diamond in that rough, and we found our niche updating traditional Chinese design.

Our absolute favorite thing we sell right now is... Claire: Our Dot Dot Dot yardage, where East really meets West. The dots were extracted from a more elaborate, traditional Chinese pattern, and reconfigured in the most playful of all Western motifs; Liza: Flower dinner napkins; growing up with a chef-dad, this is where my worlds collide. The juxtaposition between our graphic, bohemian Flower print and the formality of a cloth napkin is a bold treat. 

Here’s a sneak peek of something we’re working on now... And that is launching TODAY! Several years, and many cups of green tea later, we’re launching a color yardage line to bring our Nankeen fabric and Chinese design aesthetic to a wider audience. We’ll be screen-printing our yardage by hand using water-based dyes here in the US. 

We’re most proud of... Learning first-hand how East meets West. Whether speaking (choppy) Mandarin with our artisans, or presenting our products to interior designers in New York City, we’ve created cross-cultural links for LuRu Home’s friends the globe over. 

Who says you can’t have your mooncake and eat it too?
— Claire + Liza, LuRu Home

We really detest... The the assumption that Made in China is bad. Our authentic Nankeen textiles are Proudly Made in China by hands which have printed it for generations. Our new yardage line will be Proudly Made in America. Who said you can’t have your mooncake and eat it too?

We could never have done it without this person... Liza: Our team on the ground in China. They’re my family here, picking me up at the airport when I arrive, inviting me to their own family celebrations, and cooking Dragon Boat Festival treats for me.

We consistently read these for inspiration... Claire: House Beautiful, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Architectural Digest, Tokyo Jinja; Liza: Here in Wild Wild East, most of my reading is digital due to distance; snail mail takes six weeks and hard copy subscriptions cost a fortune. I can't get enough of Of a Kind's 10 Things weekly email, which is full of quirky and helpful links that remind me of home. I really enjoy Stanford's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast. There's no end to inspiration in Shanghai itself. Between its Art Deco abundance, markets galore, and street food on most corners, I'm a happy camper. Sometimes it is good to be a bit isolated from design trends, as you have space to let your own ideas brew. 

We would like to share the limelight with... Amanda Pickens. She was our first pal in Shanghai, a creative force who supported LuRu's dreams, and an incredible graphic designer and photographer in her own right.


No. 38

The huge, dramatic scale of this Sanderson wallpaper pairs in the most lovely way with two watery blue green Ellisha Alexina linens. So serene.
TOP // Paisley Circles in Blue from Sanderson (#DCAVPC103)
BOTTOM RIGHT // Alexina Stripe in Indigofera from Ellisha Alexina (#AS106C)
BOTTOM LEFT // Farla in Indigofera from Ellisha Alexina (#F106D)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Rumi + Rebecca Atwood

QUOTE // Rumi + FABRIC // Waves in Marine, Rebecca Atwood

The right sentiments, received at the right time, can be like salve for the soul. And we are all about things that lift us up, motivate us and keep the positive energy flowing freely.

With the launch of this new CLOTH & KIND Journal column, Words of Wisdom, we'll be sharing the quotes that speak to us in the most profound of ways... sitting pretty atop a fabric that fits the vibe (but, of course). 

Happy Monday... and welcome to our new website! Whadda ya think? 

Krista&Tami

Kasuri

The idea for this Provenance column has been in my mind for a couple of years, yet I've never quite had the wherewithal to make it happen in the substantive way in which I imagined it. For this reason, I am thrilled beyond words to have someone here now who is perfectly suited to pen this column because of her unique background  as a design historian and also because of our shared appreciation for a global sense of style that often times comes from  the use of age old techniques. Please welcome CLOTH & KIND's newest guest editor, Jacqueline Wein of the wonderful blog Tokyo Jinja. Jacqueline is an antiques dealer, design historian and “trailing spouse” living in Tokyo, Japan with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Tokyo Jinja (jinja means shrine in Japanese) tells the story of her travels throughout Asia and elsewhere looking at decorative and fine arts as well as chronicling her interior design projects. Always able to spot the proverbial needle in a haystack and sort the valuable from the junk, she combs Tokyo flea markets, better known as shrine sales, for treasures each week for clients around the world.  Porcelains, textiles, woodblock prints, baskets, vintage fishing floats, and katagami stencils are just some of the finds that come her way. And there is nothing she likes better than imagining and researching an object’s past and finding a modern day use for it. She cut her teeth at the 26th Street flea markets in New York and Les Puces in Paris, and honed her Asian expertise along Hollywood Road in Hong Kong. Jacqueline's incomparable background makes her the most natural guest editor to author this column, which offers a scholarly nod to the history of iconic styles in textile & design. KRISTA

prov-e-nance \ˈpräv-nən(t)s, ˈprä-və-ˌnän(t)s\ noun. the place of origin or earliest known history of something.

Guest edited by Jacqueline Wein.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

These days, ikat has become a household word, extending well beyond those in the textile world. Kasuri, on the other hand, is not, although it is the Japanese form of ikat, in which the weft and/or the warp threads are tie and resist dyed before being woven. That simply means that very tight binding threads are wrapped around all the places that are not meant to take the colored dye. Traditionally, kasuri was made from hand spun durable cotton using natural indigo and patterns were white against the blue, created by those areas left uncolored by the binding threads. Like many other indigo cottons, these were everyday fabrics worn by the common people. Aptly so, as indigo is credited with having the ability to strengthen fabric, making it more durable, as well as being able to repel bugs and insects which makes it ideal for the clothes of those working in the fields. Even as late as the early 1970s, most rural workers in Japan were wearing kasuri garments and Amy Katoh, author and owner of the iconic Blue & White store in Tokyo remembers the gardeners around the Imperial Palace wearing it through the 1960s.

Over time, additional pigments and modern designs were added to the mix. Occasionally, I stumble across an unusual two-tone piece that is not blue, like this madder colored one, although these tend to be more recent examples. But most kasuri still has an indigo base, even the modern machine-produced ones.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

The complexity of the kasuri technique lies in having to plan where the pattern will go, not just before weaving, but as the thread itself is dyed. The charm of the technique lies in the slight blurring at the edges of the patterns and images, giving the fabric a soft sense of movement. Most ikat is designed with patterns laid out on the warp – the stationary threads on the loom – which is much easier to produce. Kasuri tends to be weft ikat, which allows the weaver more control in varying the piece as they go, but is also harder to plan and create. The paler wispy white areas in these examples are woven that way. Solid white areas in kasuri are actually double ikat, meaning they have patterns placed across both the warp and the weft, which is very technically demanding. Interestingly, while there is a tradition of ikat in almost all world cultures, only three countries - Japan, India and Indonesia - produce double ikat. Kurume kasuri, as shown below, is a regional geometric form that highlights this double ikat very well.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

The areas of single and double kasuri are also easily distinguished from each other in the traditional length of fabric sourced by designer Maja Lithander Smith and I in Kyoto, which she had made into this beautiful bolster pillow. And I love the textile play with the more common Uzbek-style ikat on the pillow behind and the Japanese classic asa-no-ho (hemp pattern) on the vintage geisha pillow on the side table shelf.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

Much kasuri is comprised of small repetitive geometric shapes, but it is also possible to create images and scenes with the technique. Pictorial kasuri is referred to as e-gasuri and the variety of patterns is endless - from literal patterns like this butterfly, to allegorical ones like this thunderstorm dragon pattern. Debate rages about where from and when ikat techniques were introduced to Japan, and some even believe it was invented independently at the end of the 18th century, but either way, this distinctive e-gasuri is Japan's own.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

Kasuri is width limited by the narrow loom size prevalent here, being approximately 12-14 inches wide. Weaving was and is devoted to making kimono and other garments, which are constructed of vertical strips of cloth sewn together.  A single tan, or bolt of cloth measures approximately 9-11 meters long as that is what is needed to construct a kimono. While it’s not unusual to visit antique markets and shrine sales in Japan with their racks of vintage kimono, it’s less common to come across great varieties of old kasuri ones, although I occasionally do. It’s eminently possible to take a kimono apart and re-use the fabric for other projects. Small vintage pieces perfect for modern day uses as pillows, table runners and accent fabrics are often found this way.

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Larger items such as futon covers and furoshiki (wrapping cloths) were made by sewing strips of kasuri together. This early futon cover is made from hand-spun cotton and features both a realistic camelia and a stylized floral diamond called a hana bishi. It has aged and faded over time, adding to its charm and now displays beautifully as a throw over the back of a sofa.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

Modern developments in weaving after WWII meant that yarn was no longer necessarily handspun and much of the dyeing process changed. Different kasuri stencil techniques emerged wherein the fabric was loosely woven first, stenciled with color and pattern, only to be tightly rewoven again. This sped up production and allowed for additional complexity in designs. Foreign influences and more varied coloration became common. Today, the word kasuri is often thrown around incorrectly referring to other kinds of Japanese textiles that use an ikat-like technique such as Meisen, Omeshi and Tsumugi silks, which were extremely popular from the art deco era through the post-war period.  Their designs were the height of modernity at the time, and still feel extremely fresh today.

Provenance: Kasuri | Guest Edited by Jacqueline Wein of Tokyo Jinja | CLOTH & KIND

Unlike the craze for colored ikat, kasuri hasn’t been commonly copied out in the mainstream textile market.  For larger upholstery projects Donghia makes a few kasuri inspired fabrics, including Yumihama, with its box well pattern and Kurume, a finely pebbled traditional pattern.

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I am always hunting for vintage kasuri in good condition. If you are seeking Japanese textiles, including kasuri, shibori, katazome, tsutsugaki, silks, patchwork boro or anything else interesting please don't hesitate to reach out to me at jacquelinewein(at)yahoo(dot)com. And if you have any examples of kasuri in your home, please do share with us at info(at)clothandkind(dot)com.