As observing all artists with 10,000 hours of practice, watching Payal Parekh Bugbee’s hands move with the fabric when she picks up a scarf, is a glimpse of a master craftperson shaping earth, air, fire and water.
We were lucky to have Payal join us at Kobo for a trunk show with her eponymous line of hand printed textiles, Parekh Bugbee.
Payal is a second generation textile designer taking her family’s work into the 21st Century with an awareness and respect for the tradition her father founded in India.
Payal holds her scarves with a tenderness and knowledge of their strength. Pinching a corner and running her other hand down to the center, she demonstrates how handling a scarf in this manner eases the tension of the warp and weft allowing the scarf to flow.
Understanding ‘the soul of the cloth,’ as she says, is making in an environmentally conscious manner, and is essential.
Using natural dyes, the fabric is dried in the sun for 2 days, giving the cloth and color time and exposure to hold.
With zero wastage in production, even the water from the dyeing process is used for the organic garden.
Time is a hidden value in all craft. Two generations of knowledge and two days in the sun imbue each garment with a certainty to bring pleasure and joy with each touch.
Let’s make sure you join us next time we host Payal here at Kobo. If you’ve not already joined our mailing list for happenings, we invite you to do so!