Entries in handmade (11)
‘Benchmade upholstery’ is quite literal in its interpretation—still used today, it’s an old term that first described what a piece of furniture was placed upon while it was being built, made or upholstered.
A bench could have been as rustic as two saw horses, a low platform with a rotating top, or as elaborate as a table with adjustable legs or a hydraulic lift, allowing it to be adjusted for individual items—each different in construction or upholstery technique.
Depending on the product, more than one bench might be used. For example, a recliner is more complicated than a simple chair, so it may be worked on in more than one station.
Old school would be two specific people building a piece of upholstery—an ‘insider’ working on the seat, inside arms and inside of the back, and the ‘trimmer’ working on the outside arms, outside of the back, applying a black fabric underside, and the legs.
Today, pieces are most often made by many individuals—not just one or two—and each is held accountable for the specific quality standard that relates to their work.
While this can include sewers, who prepare sections of the upholstery, to an experienced framer, who builds the hardwood frame, ‘benchmade upholstery’ still refers to pieces that are not built in components and assembled together on an assembly line—but one that is hand-made piece by piece and hand finished detail by detail.
Not only is almost every region of India renowned for their handicraft speciality, but also for their distinctive toys. India has a fantastic tradition in toys since many are about religious characters and festivals.
Revered in the teachings of Lord Krishna as the living symbol of Mother Earth, the cow—or gais— is treasured as a most important member of the family—which these figures lovingly attest to.
Depicting the sacred cow, each figure was collected from villages within Gujarat and Rajasthan—the land of colors—in northwest India.
Just as a village’s cows are brightly painted and decorated during holidays, these handcarved found objects dating back up to 50 years were also once colorfully adorned and adored.
Originally brightly painted—which has worn out over many years of use—each is intended for display as decorative objects only as it reflects years of joyful play, and retains its individual patina under a matte lacquer as protection from further wear.
To this day, cows are sacred and allowed to wander freely. They are protected and cared for, and revered for the everyday necessities they provide such as dairy foods, insect repellant, and dung for fuel.
One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—the painted wood cows have a fall 2011 release of 448.
The making of the mille swirls rug and runner are a combination of art and technology—patented by artist Liora Manné. First, fibers resembling thin cotton puffs are blended to create a unique transparency of colors. These blended colors are rolled then sliced like sushi into thin pieces and laid out to create a mosaic—all by hand.
To transform this the fibers into a durable rug, the mille swirls pass through a loom of needles that entangle and blend the colors. For added strength and easy care, the rug is then saturated in a transparent latex formula and treated with a anti-microbial finish. The final product is a hand-made work of art—and at the same time it’s highly durable and ready for indoor or outdoor use.
hint: For best results, vacuum on a regular basis and address stains as they occur. Use any commercial carpet cleaner or mild soap with water—not dry powders—plus gentle rubbing and dabbing with a white cloth. Professional steam clean on a regular basis depending on traffic levels. Do Not Dry Clean.
Above, hand-tufting and finishing the natural wool pile—the base of a tie-dye rug—then prepping the rug for dyeing.
After dyeing, rinsing, and blocking, a latex backing is added above. Below, four tie-dye rugs shown side by side—each unique in pattern and color variation—ready for inspection, wrapping and shipping.