This is the table that started it all. I was lucky enough to score this bad boy at an antique store years back. I had seen similar chairs at the Ashland Springs Hotel and had never seen anything with the inlay technique, in wood- until I found this delightful little table. I covet it like crazy and enjoy it endlessly.
See! Even the legs have the hand hammered, bone inlay, motif. I had no idea at the time just what a treat it is to own one of these. On our trip to India in October 2013, I made it my mission to seek out more of this inlay style. Known as Hoshiarpur, it is tediously made using hand made bone chips (or plastic), which are hammered into the wood. But it proved harder to find than I had expected. Often made one piece at a time in private, home studios, in Udaipur, this traditional technique is a specialized art form not found just anywhere. And you can imagine the artisans skill required to hone this sort of craft. Hence the obsession deepens! At this point my knowledge of these Indian techniques is slim, despite my keen interest and first layer study of them in India. So as for block printing and inlay- it's a chicken or the egg debate currently. But certainly block printing and inlay are a beautiful mirror of one another in Indian design. Lucky for me, I was able to track down a few, traditional and spectacular wooden, inlay pieces while in India. Some I will have available in our boutique, PAPAYA! Living when the container of magic eventually arrives. But for those of you wanting the look and not the price or the hunt of the real thing look at these incredible stencil pieces the following bloggers created. I think it's a fantastic effect and I am pretty excited about it!
Amazing! This demo is by Kim Myles using Cutting Edge Stencils to create this look. You can read all about how to do this, right here. Now all I can think about are stairwells and table treatments done in this stencil design! I can't wait to share with you the finds we will be unpacking next month from our India travels. More to come soon...xooxxox.