Our recent post on Bleu Anglais’s Chinese indigo prints was very popular, so when one of our readers (hello Shelley) told us about her brother Simon Mark’s lovely indigo printing business DYPT, based in India, we couldn’t resist featuring his work.
Simon’s indigo printed scarves are to feature in the shop of the V&A’s upcoming Fabric Of India exhibition, opening October 3rd, which is exciting enough, but the model he uses to show his work on his website is also rather fabulous. And a grown up. Please note her Deidre Barlow sized sunglasses are dead ringers for ones on the recent -and much raved about- Gucci SS16 catwalk.
When I asked Simon who she was he told me “The stylish woman with terrific chic who models my scarves is my fab friend Lisa…aka Madame Hall who also lives in the small town of Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India. We are the immigrant white community of two!”
Simon lives and works in Bhuj, where he designs and produces his contemporary textiles using traditional techniques. He makes beautiful and very well priced indigo scarves, bags and homeware that starts at around £16.00 -£20.00, you can find more on his Etsy Site Dypt here.
We had a brief email conversation, which halted for a day or two; he explained the quiet was because of ‘dodgy internet connections caused by riots in Ahmedabad’, it sounded a little alarming.
However, mostly, Simon’s life sounds idyllic, he told me ‘I am blessed to be in a wonderful place that is filled with talented artisans, kind courteous and generous people, an inspiring range of handicrafts including weaving, block printing, embroidery, pottery, & jewellery.’
And what of Madame Hall? She too is a designer and can be found via her Etsy Site here, and what I think we ALL want to know is, where do we buy those sun glasses?
Simon Marks site DYPT or look out for his work at the V&A show.