I left my heart in the folds of a cashmere throw at the Asia House Winter Fair yesterday. I am partial to soft, woollen things, and the eco-friendly yet sumptuous Still Ethical stall had me a little crazed. They work with artisans, embroiderers and weavers in Nepal and India to produce beautiful one-off pieces, for example this stunning undyed hand spun, hand loom woollen wrap jacket made by the Bhutia tribe in the Indian Himalayas. They also have the loveliest ivory chiffon blouses with chikan embroidery from Lucknow. Prices are high but then so is the desirability value. If you don’t manage to catch them at the Fair, a selection of their range is available at their website, or you can visit them by appointment (email email@example.com).
Also exhibiting this year is Elspeth Walker of Sweetlime who takes local pieces sourced from her travels around Europe, India and South East Asia to create completely unique and beautiful jewellery designs. All pieces are 20% off at the Fair, and I’m going back for the agate and pearl necklace in the second photo, which is spectacular in real life. Today (Sunday) is last day of the Fair, which is open from 11am-4pm. More details are here. Do not beat me to the necklace.
Cover photo: Paper Haveli’s beautiful cards, planners and other handy things you never thought you needed. Ask for the post-its holder.