I never realised how important colour is until I walked into one of Bazaar's shows. Joanna Hall, the creative force behind the business, has spent the last twenty plus years travelling to India to source and make beautiful things. She journeys into the Rajasthani desert, to villages where she deals directly with the locals and from her base in Pushkar traverses great distances to Delhi, to Jaipur, to Orissa and further afield to Nepal.
Her showcase events which she holds throughout the summer are held in stunning locations. These pictures were taken at the 15th century chapel barn at the Pilsdon in Malling community.
Her other shows include the 'Summer Spectacular' in the great barn at The Plough in Hildenborough and rounding off with a show in marquees at The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst (see details below).
Find mirrored embroidery and birds on strings….
patchworked embroideries and saris of brocade…...
From pots of shell buttons and copper pots, to wooden beads and beaded bracelets….
to scarves of many hues and colours, kantha stitched…...
Uncover hand-crafted silver jewellery with precious and semi-precious stones….
and hand stitched block printed cotton throws and bags of many colours and textures...
handmade papers, flocked and foiled and old embroidery laced with golden threads.
These are show stopping events of such splendour that you really have to see it for yourself. The pictures here only capture small details of the whole.
Lengths of vintage sari silk billow from the rafters. Antique trim glimmers with sequins. Exquisite pieces of embroidery are patched together to form elephants and butterflies.
For those of you who are textile lovers, love the exotic or just need a dose of colour or retail therapy then this is the place for you and your friends. Jo can tell you an awful lot about the history of the textiles that she sells and the processes that are still in production today such as wood block printing.
How wonderful that she has brought the colour of India back to England and that we can immerse ourselves in its creative traditions and come away appreciating the work and skill that goes into the making of these colourful creations.
Bazaar show dates
Summer Chapel Show in West Malling - on until Sun 8th June 10.00am-5.00pm
Address: The Pilsdon at Malling Community, 27 Water Lane, West Malling, Kent ME19 6HH
Bazaar Summer Spectacular - Fri 20th June - Sun 29th June (closed Mon 23rd) 10.30am-7.00pm
Address: The Great Barn, The Plough, Powder Mill Lane, Hildenborough, Kent, TN11 9AJ
Bazaar at The Walled Nursery - Fri 22nd Aug - Mon 25th Aug 10.00am -5.30pm
Address : Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 5DH www.thewallednursery.com
For more details on Bazaar visit www.bazaarshop.co.uk