Wednesday 4 June 2014

A Bazaar world of colour

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

For more details on Bazaar visit


  1. Oh my, I can just smell that slightly mothbally smell from Indian textiles. I spent some time in Rajasthan, and loved chilling out by the lake in Pushkar. I am planning to go back, but this time I will be gem shopping in Jaipur I think :-) A visual feast. Thank you.

    1. The smell is so evocative too, very distinctive. Hoping to get to India myself next year. Until then will just have to content myself with Bazaars shows.

  2. Gorgeous - absolutely agree about the importance of colour, and also about the Bazaar shows bringing a bit of India to England. I always love their shows and take my elderly mother so that she can buy all her Christmas presents for her daughter and granddaughters there ;)

    1. You can lose yourself for a happy few hours or more amidst the colour.