Do you like the design of my blog header background? It's based on the wonderful artwork of the artisans in the Dastkar cooperative in Ranthambore, Rajasthan.
(Sorry about this unclear pic, will post more when I find my stash saved in one of the computers!)
Block printed by hand...
and then stitched with love.
Ranthambore is famous for its tiger reserves and a beautiful Aman resort amongst other attractions. I found out about this Dastkar outlet, a real gem for home decor items from Lonely Planet as a responsible shopping recommendation. This cooperative provides employment for underprivileged women in the village, allowing the children to go to school with the income earned.
Can you hear the roars of the gentle tigers from this whimsical and colourful quilt?
I will share more on this trip to Dastkar Ranthambore in another post. This place has inspired me and I hope you will find out more about it or drop by one of its shops when you're in India!
Just last night, something in my head went "ding!" with a social enterprise idea that will allow me to contribute towards community development, practise creative styling, and also let me call my home decor blog reading addiction "work research".
24 hours later, I realised quite a few brands are already doing exactly that! I find this being one of the most outstanding.
Ok, I am exaggerating that it is exactly the same but for a long moment there, I was all discouraged, and that “ding!” became an unenthusiastic “It’s not such a bright idea after all”.
Channeling negative thoughts to positive energy, I will continue to research (ahem) and find my own style and way to make this idea a reality. In fact, this company is a good reference source and I can learn much from it. Most importantly, I must pray for the right way to go.
If you're hyper-observant and possess photographic memory, you may remember seeing this in SATC2.
See more of these pretty lighting creations at http://www.lindseyadelman.com/. I probably chose this particular one cos it's in a shade of green, my fave colour. Subtle metallic stain around the rims adds unfussy detailing. The shapes are so organic and stylish without trying too hard.
I've also been daydreaming about having my living room redone in a mellow yellow, blue and cream palette, with mid century chairs.