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  • hand printed cotton quilts

    these indigo quilts from india are made with the softest of cotton with a cotton fill and dyes using shibori techniques of binding and clamping to resist dyes and then they are hand stitched together.

    the areas around jaipur are famous for intricate block printing techniques. these photos  are from a village called bagru that is famous for traditional techniques. intricate wooden blocks are hand carved and printers carefully apply colour using muscle memory, eye/hand co-ordination, years of practise and careful attention.

    these block-printed quilts were made especially for planet with colours and blocks patterns and sizes that work on australian beds. they are amazingly warm, affordable and we think beautiful too

  • yak's wool weaving in kullu valley

    in february this year, ross travelled extensively in india working with textile artists to design unique pieces for planet. a special visit was to the kullu valley in the himalayas, in the state of himachal pradesh to see yak's wool weaving.

    an early morning flight from delhi was a beautiful way to see the dramatic landscape

    yaks look a lot like big boxes covered with lots of hair to me. this pretty one was giving rides near a temple. they are brushed to remove the soft wool which might explain how this one is so well groomed.

    the fibre for our pieces is taken from the fine under-hairs and is lightweight, a fantastic insulator and wonderfully soft. generally the wool is brought from ladakh, high up in the himalayas

    yak’s hair is comparable to cashmere in softness and fine micron size.

    this short film shows some of the processes in weaving...a bit rough and the audio is very patchy and I didn't plan to publish these at the time of recording.......

    the yak’s wool arrives on spools and by hand it is put onto the shuttles to weave the weft fibres (these go across the fabric width).

    to set up a loom takes two men a full day. 1280 threads need to pass through two needles by hand.

    plain weaving takes a bit of energy (I have yet to see an overweight weaver) and also requires a bit of co-ordination. the arm pulls the shuttle across the weft. the feet raise the heddles, which alternate the threads to create the weave. complexity of the weave creates durable structure. usually in this type of weaving they create a diamond weave also known as “bulbul” or birds eye.

    weaving is a communal activity. I saw about ten looms in operation together. weavers are paid per complete piece, so they want to be fast, but also accurate.

    kullu weavers are famous for colourful border patterns. these complex geometric designs are created by hand on the loom. they tend to be symmetrical. traditionally they were naturally dyed, however currently fluorescent chemical colours are very popular. after the pattern is established, the loose threads are finished by hand.

    the pieces are then cut from the loom and are washed and ironed and checked.

    this yak's wool handloom fabric meterage I brought home and we have made into cushions.

    this obliging guy let a woman pin a lady’s shawl on to him, so that she could show me how woven wear these shawls... basically he is in drag!

    later I photographed this lady wearing the full regalia of silver pins that are used to hold the piece together. she is a shaman's wife and was very happy for me to photograph her!

    men wear a particular cap which has a colourful geometric design.... its everyday wear and lots of blokes wear them

    in a neighbouring region caller kinnaur they make large blankets with borders similar to the kullu weavers. the borders are considered to be prayers and have deep meaning.

     i was lucky enough to find some vintage pieces to send home for planet.  two sections are stitched together to make the wide width, so they are enormous as well as beautiful.

    the charcoal coloured yak's wool blankets like the one above, was made for planet by stitching two large shawls together. we have them in a pale grey and a natural too. they are large enough for a king bed ... and we do have the half size, suitable as a throw

    some of the finished pieces that have just arrived for planet in yak's wool and we have an amazing selection in pashmina also

    it snowed the first afternoon that I arrived too! quite a magical experience to be inside with a roaring fire and to see this landscape outside

  • thanks for listening!

    thanks everyone who came to our concert evening by duo ben dollman and monica schmidt andersen last week.....it was great to see you all for a chat and a drink afterwards also                                                       

    look our for upcoming events this year... and keep informed by subscribing to our newsletter via the planet website at any time..

  • india has made beautiful carpets for hundreds of years. this new batch of handwoven beauties are exclusively designed and made for planet...... flat weave (dhurries) in 100% wool pile.

    the wool has been hank-dyed by hand...so that there is subtle variation throughout.

    we have five colours that we selected to liven up your living spaces and they come in 4 standard sizes: from 2 by 3 meters,  up to 4 by 3 meters

    the flat weave is great for a sydney climate: warm in winter, but not too fluffy for summer .....they are a great thick weight, so no curly corners ....and they are easy to move furniture across... as an added bonus they are completely reversible

  • ceramic vessels from australian makers for your table

    australian studio potters seem to be riding a crest of a wave at present, with texture, individuality and colour celebrated on tabletops. you may have noticed vessels matched to food in restaurants and  a sudden increase in diverse options available. since 1998 planet has sourced and commissioned tableware from makers who are committed to forging new directions in ceramic design. lots of hobbyists are discovering the challenges and intricacies of ceramic techniques. the artisans represented in our showrooms have undertaken years of study, development and passion to arrive at their current accomplishments. at this time of year we make a special effort to load the showrooms full of exciting new offerings from creative souls working in their studios with the sole intention to delight you. the above image shows platters from sharon alpren and a vase by terunobu hirata.

    hand painting has been used to decorate the surface of ceramics for centuries. these luscious pieces by shannon garson are fresh in store and celebrate everything summery and australian. each piece is unique and hand-thrown in durable porcelain, from tea cups to salad bowls and yes you can use them too!

    terunobu hirata has a new collection of hand-thrown and altered stoneware vases. these pieces have an ash glaze and are fully functional. terunobu's forms have a contemporary line but are totally integrated with the wabi sabi traditional aesthetic of japan, being natural, humble and perfect in their imperfection.

    this collection of cast porcelain has a glaze surface exclusive to planet. this hit range will be topped up with new stock this week with large platters, salad bowls and individual bowls too.  there always is something new about to arrive, just in time at planet. we have loads more in both showrooms to excite you

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