“The Colour of India” is the inspirational summer exhibition at Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
Designs Gallery, 179 King Street, Castle Douglas
Until Saturday 15 July
Designs Gallery brings to Castle Douglas the vibrant colours and gorgeous patterns of India but with a contemporary twist. Painted furniture and boxes, cushions, quilts and throws, kilims, wall hangings and woodblocks are all for sale in this exhibition which celebrates the best of Indian craftsmanship and materials.
“Scotland and India have a long history of trade and connections going back to the early 18th century, which is perhaps why we all love the colours and designs associated with the Indian subcontinent”, Designs gallery owner Lucy Carlow explains. “Many Scots worked in India as traders, engineers, missionaries, tea and indigo planters, jute traders and teachers. In fact many of the trees growing in the famous Crichton gardens in Dumfries came from the botanical gardens in Calcutta.”
Lucy has sourced special pieces from India experts Nomad’s Tent in Edinburgh as well as gorgeous summery textiles from Italian designer Lisa Corti.
Inspired by India, Corti creates pieces for the contemporary home which are made up in India by specialist craftsmen. Cotton is dyed and hand-woven on wooden looms. Fabrics are then printed using the ancient carved wooden blockprint technique. So whether its zingy cushions for your conservatory, a gorgeous quilt for a bed or a fabulous hand-printed tablecloth for a summer picnic, this exhibition has something for every pocket and to suit every taste. There is even a great selection of books about India and novels to kick back and relax with.