Announcement   Unique handcrafted textiles for interior design, homeware, home decor and soft furnishings. Specialising in fabric by the meter woven from 100% cotton and canvas that are hand block printed in bold designs and stripes, dyed with both natural dyes such as indigo, pomergranite, Indian madder, lac, rhubarb root, logwood and chemical dyes such as Alizarin. All are printed with the Ajrakh hand printing process here where I live in Bhuj, Kutch which uses natural minerals, gums and plant materials.
Does your floor look bare, then DYPT has a range of contemporary designer floor rugs that are perfect for any modern interior.

Need a bohemian chic fashion accessory ? Then DYPT designer shopper bags from canvas and totes from recycled plastic might tickle your fancy for that handbag with an ethnic edge. Or how about some individual style with a contemoprary edge ? Soft and luxurious handwoven merino wool scarves, hand embroidered cotton block print boho shawls make the perfect gift for him or her.

Shopping for table linens ? Then my hand stitched placemats are delightful dining accessories. Fancy a notebook to jot down your ideas and sketches, a travel journal to record the wonderful moments on your journey, or a diary to write your thoughts down ? DYPT makes a colourful selection covered in a range of different block prints. The handmade paper itself is produced from recycled white cotton t-shirt offcuts, which makes excellent writing paper and is great for pen and ink or water colour, and the perfect gift idea.

Something that is done by hand, has a certain energy and life to it that you don’t find when there’s a mechanical process involved. A resonance is created through repetition, which is like a mantra, in that the more you repeat it the more it grows and takes on an energy of it’s own. This is what gives a thing its power. Somehow this doesn’t happen as much when the human touch is absent.

The process involved is the alchemy of transformation. Colour that is coaxed from root, bark, leaf and mineral. As a painter primes their canvas in order that the paint adheres to it, so must a dyer mordant their cloth or yarn. Working with so many variables, the end result is never finite.The process is just as important to me as the end product, continually challenging and unfolding into new creative possibilities.

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Unique handcrafted textiles for interior design, homeware, home decor and soft furnishings. Specialising in fabric by the meter woven from 100% cotton and canvas that are hand block printed in bold designs and stripes, dyed with both natural dyes such as indigo, pomergranite, Indian madder, lac, rhubarb root, logwood and chemical dyes such as Alizarin. All are printed with the Ajrakh hand printing process here where I live in Bhuj, Kutch which uses natural minerals, gums and plant materials.
Does your floor look bare, then DYPT has a range of contemporary designer floor rugs that are perfect for any modern interior.

Need a bohemian chic fashion accessory ? Then DYPT designer shopper bags from canvas and totes from recycled plastic might tickle your fancy for that handbag with an ethnic edge. Or how about some individual style with a contemoprary edge ? Soft and luxurious handwoven merino wool scarves, hand embroidered cotton block print boho shawls make the perfect gift for him or her.

Shopping for table linens ? Then my hand stitched placemats are delightful dining accessories. Fancy a notebook to jot down your ideas and sketches, a travel journal to record the wonderful moments on your journey, or a diary to write your thoughts down ? DYPT makes a colourful selection covered in a range of different block prints. The handmade paper itself is produced from recycled white cotton t-shirt offcuts, which makes excellent writing paper and is great for pen and ink or water colour, and the perfect gift idea.

Something that is done by hand, has a certain energy and life to it that you don’t find when there’s a mechanical process involved. A resonance is created through repetition, which is like a mantra, in that the more you repeat it the more it grows and takes on an energy of it’s own. This is what gives a thing its power. Somehow this doesn’t happen as much when the human touch is absent.

The process involved is the alchemy of transformation. Colour that is coaxed from root, bark, leaf and mineral. As a painter primes their canvas in order that the paint adheres to it, so must a dyer mordant their cloth or yarn. Working with so many variables, the end result is never finite.The process is just as important to me as the end product, continually challenging and unfolding into new creative possibilities.

Simon Marks

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Simon Marks

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Simon Marks, contemporary tales in print, weave & colour

Living in Bhuj, Kutch, designing and making my textiles and engaging with the communities that permeate and inspire my existence here, is what it's all about for me.
Creating Contemporary textiles with traditional techniques. I am blessed to be in a wonderful place that is filled with talented artisans, kind courteous and generous people, an inspiring range of handicrafts including weaving, block printing, embroidery, pottery, & jewellery.

Traditions of hand-weaving, hand-dyeing and hand-printing, the craftspeople who still create them day today and the communities who still wear the textiles produced.

Durries woven on a ground-loom in a small hamlet in the middle of Rajasthan close to the Thar dessert, no bus goes there, and electricity is a rare commodity. Goat wool, Camel wool, & cotton yarns.
 
For block printing, I take inspiration from old prints of the 19th century rediscovered in a dusty tome, archaeological digs, Tarot cards, ancient Peruvian jewellery, stone jali screens, wrought-iron balconies.... an eclectic mix. I sketch out a basic design, then decide on how many colours the print will have.Then I carefully adjust the skecth to make sure that it will join & repeat perfectly when printed. The deisgn is then drawn out finally & given to the block-maker. Each colour needs a different block. Silk, wool, cotton & jute all take on colour from printing differently.

Finding the right quality & combination of yarns is extremely important. Silk, Cotton, Wool, Ramie, Bamboo, Banana, Pineapple, handspun, machinespun, thickness, thinness. As is the right weight & quality of cloth for printing. There are endless permutations. I am constantly on the hunt for different varieties to incorporate into my work.

I like natural dyes, because they have a raw earthiness, a three dimensionally in tone that is often lacking in the flat finish found with chemical dyes. It is as if they have a life of their own.
As a painter primes a canvas, so a dyer must mordant their yarn or cloth.

The magic pungency of indigo, the wonderful and often elusive quest to achieve a beautiful red. The bitter tannic taste of the Myorbolan fruit, which yields so many browns.
Pomegranates: Scoop out their ruby-red jewels, dry the skins out in the sun, and boil them up and you have another beautiful yellow. The acrid spicy smell of lac dye releasing it’s colour from the resin, combined with the tart smell of tamarind leaves.

Colour that is coaxed from root, bark, mineral and resin. Pounded, stirred, mixed, fermented, dipped, painted, boiled, strained and rinsed.I work with dyes and processes that are non-invasive to the environment. I buy my dyestuffs from local sources, wherever possible, which often involves traveling far and wide to track them down.

To create things of harmony in tune with the rhythms of life and nature and generate income and ideas for the craftspeople I work with. I am happiest when making textiles.To find that peace of mind where one is totally absorbed in what one is doing is really quite special.

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    Unique handcrafted textiles for interior design, homeware, home decor and soft furnishings. Hand block print fabric by the meter woven from 100% cotton & canvas, notebooks, rugs, fashion accessories, scarves, shoppers, bags and a whole lot more.

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Last updated on 28 January, 2015
I am so happy that you have bought an original DYPT item. Thank you very much.
All my items are hand made with and love and care.
I will post your parcel ASAP, and update you in the case of any delay.
The post from India is reliable and fast. Once shipped, you can expect your purchase to arrive within 2-3 weeks.
Thanks,
Simon

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I try to describe my items comprehensively and honestly, hoping to give my customers with a happy and fulfilling shopping experience. If you receive an item that you consider faulty, please contact me within 3 days of receipt to discuss the problem. I will do my best to either arrange a replacement, rectify the problem or in the event that these options are not possible, refund your money.
DYPT products are mostly made with natural dyes, using traditional techniques & processes by hand, and as such there will be slight variations in shade and tone in each item due to the nature of the organic materials used. This is not a defect, but considered part of the charm and character associated with naturally dyed and hand made products.
Please feel free to contact me before buying an item if you need further details or clarification.I will be most happy to reply.
In the event of a mistaken purchase, returning items to me in India can be costly and may involve long delays and expense due to customs regulations. To avoid this problem from occurring, please do not hesitate contacting me to discuss what you plan to buy. I will answer your question quickly, and can advise if the item will meet your requirements and/or expectations.
If you wish to return an item to me, it is recommended you use a trackable postage service. I am happy to provide you with a credit note on receipt of the item, less the original items postage and any customs duty incurred from importing goods into India. This you can spend in my shop at a later date.
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I'm also happy to accept lay-by payments....just contact me first and we can work out a payment plan.
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I will send your parcel, registered, by India Post. Once an item has been posted I will foward the tracking no. to you. The parcels progress can be tracked on the India Post website. Delivery usually takes 8-10 working days. India Post has always proved to be most reliable with the parcels I have sent.
Should you require a courier to deliver your parcel more quickly, I can arrange this for you at an additional charge.
Please feel free to contact me as I am always happy to reply to regarding any queries you may have on any purchase you make, or are considering making prior to, and after purchasing. I will reply quickly and in detail and give you my full attention
I am very proud of the products I make, and your satisfaction as a customer is of the upmost importance. If there are any problems I will endeavour to sort things out with my undivided attention