Part of a blogger feature carried by Live Mint this past weekend... Ways to use and display old textiles bags. I convert a few into cushions, putting them to use when I am not using them as bags.
Mirror worked, appliquéd, hand dyed, traditional cloth bags are a ubiquitous fashion and practical accessory from every where. Most of us have a few lying about the house. Sometimes even the textile shopping bags one gets at cotton clothing stores these days are so hard to ignore ! (Anokhi, Fab India and Cotton's Jaipur dole out lovely eco-friendly , reusable, fabric shopping bags).. Here is a way to use them all - heirloom, high street or plain free.
Above: appliqued indigo dyded bag from Vietnam gets used as a head rest stuffed with old Tshirts and random scraps. The roughly put together stitches can be ripped open in a second, when one feels like putting the same to another use, like as a real bag perhaps?!
An old shopping bag from Cottons Jaipur, stuffed with a filler and embellished with pom poms and ghungroos..
An old beauty from Kutch that used to be my Go to bag while in college, used as a cushion somedays :)
Hand made things are usually easy to throw together, as even drastically different styles tend to work well together. It is a good idea to balance the scheme by combining solid coloured textiles with patterned textiles. Usually using different patterns used creating different techniques- weave, embroidery, and prints helps create a rich and attractive end result.
A big thank you to Komal Sharma from Mint for the feature :) ..Its particularly exciting to share the same space as Bhavna (of An Indian Summer) and Rajee (of Rajeesood )