Barbara Poole| Bringing the Beauty of India home & into her art!

Barbara Poole| Bringing the Beauty of India home & into her art!

Art and travel are my nourishment. I had the privilege to travel to India with my daughter and as a textile artist It was a visit to heaven. I had a difficult time finding yardage and then I had an epiphany when I realized that a sari is 6-7 yards of fabric I had to buy another suitcase!

We began our trip in Mumbai, there we toured the textile market which was completely overwhelming. I us mostly silk in my felting work so it narrowed down my choices as silk is generally used for weddings and high end sari’s, cotton, ramie and polyester are more common. Our next stop was Jaipur where we toured textile factories and took a block printing workshop. In Jaipur I visited many boutiques and bought more saris. We finished our trip to India in the province of Kerala where we toured a sari weaving workshop, unfortunately they did not allow pictures, but they did let me buy!  I ended up coming home with 15 saris. I am busy using the gorgeous silks and silk/cottons that I bought. My designs for this collection are inspired by the fabrics and by my fond memories of India.