17 May 2018

INDIGO STORY  - 
Sister Bazaar Spring Popup
  ​in Toronto 

Saturday June 2nd
 11:00 till 5:00 (one day only)
Any Direct Flight - 1382 Queen Street East 
(in Leslieville, just east of Greenwood)  

Any Direct Flight is now carrying Andrée's 2018​
 INDIGO hand block printed fashion collection

Hand block printed - pure soft cotton - Made in India 
Our much-loved INDIGO BLUE HAND BLOCK PRINTS and Botanically-sourced colourways.
Bringing you genuine, one-of-a-kind handmade SCARVES, CLOTHES, and ACCESSORIES.

This spring, our INDIGO STORY includes one of a kind handmade scarves and wraps, sourced by Andrée in Calcutta, purchased directly from India's finest textile artisans.

I will be on site to chat about how I create my unique designs for hand block print with natural dyes in Jaipur India, as well as my work with the many skilled block printers, block carvers, tailors, pattern makers and others who helped to make your IINDIGO printed clothes. 

credit card sales available, CASH suggested

Looking forward to seeing you, and please invite your friends!

contact; sisterbazaar@gmail.com

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9 May 2018


A very interesting evening lecture coming up, my friend Jenny Balfour-Paul, international indigo expert, is coming from England. Hope to see you there.

Royal Ontario Museum    Toronto 

Journeys in Indigo: Red Sea to Rajasthan 

Friday JUNE 1st, 6 to 7 pm

Free. RSVP Required.  (Early registration recommended!)
Museum admission is not included.
Journeys in Indigo: Red Sea to Rajasthan
Join Jenny Balfour-Paul in this richly illustrated lecture on the worlds only natural blue dye, indigo. Widely used and traded worldwide for over six millennia and popular today in the 'slow fashion' movement, indigo has a fascinating colonial past reaching as far as rural Bengal and the great trading city of Kolkata. Balfour-Paul will recount her fieldwork travels in the Arab world and beyond, and how serendipity and a shared passion for this vivid colour led to her discovery, in the depths of the British Library, of the remarkable journals of forgotten explorer and indigo planter Thomas Machell.
Speaker: Jenny Balfour-Paul
Jenny Balfour-Paul is an international lecturer, traveller, writer and artist. Balfour-Paul is the author of three books on indigo, is an Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University, Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society and Explorers Club and President of UK's Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
She is the consultant curator for the Whitworth Art Gallery’s exhibition Indigo: a Blue to Dye For, partner in Silk Road Connect educational initiative launched by Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project in New York in 2009, consultant for documentary films and Indigo Sutra held in Kolkata in 2017. Her collections are held in major UK museums.

Thank you to all who came out for our events last weekend!
It was lovely to see you again, enjoy your indigo clothes this summer

Your new pieces will harmonize with your older collection; the beauty of indigo

24 April 2018


Dear Friends

Please join us for our annual Sample Sale Pop-Up Event! One day only.

on; SATURDAY MAY 5TH
at: 613flea market, Lansdowne Park inside the historic Aberdeen Pavilion ("Cattle Castle")
when: 10:00 till 4:00  FREE ADMISSION


credit card sales available, also atm's onsite, CASH suggested

Please come prepared to try on clothes "standup-on-the-spot" as there is no change facility.

SAMPLE SALE * ONE DAY ONLY * HANDMADE FASHION
Hand block printed - pure soft cotton - Made in India 
FEATURING Botanically-sourced colourways. Our much-loved INDIGO BLUE HAND BLOCK PRINTS, as well as natural dyed Sepia Ink, Madder Red prints and others.
Bringing you genuine, one-of-a-kind handmade SCARVES, CLOTHES, and ACCESSORIES.
This spring, our NEW INDIGO STORY treasures, sourced by Andrée in Calcutta, purchased directly from India's finest textile artisans.

sisterbazaar.blogspot.ca  for photos 

Hope to see you there!  

Andrée










Indigofera Anil, Indigo Plant
Artwork by Simon Marks
hand block printed with
natural Indigo ink on rag paper 2017

2 December 2017

Indigo Sutra Conference

Making new friends at the Indigo Sutra Conference in Calcutta/Kolkata West Bengal


Amrita Mukerji far left, she started Sutra Textile Studies.
Everyone dressed in their indigos and natural dyes!
With Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors, Seattle
The watery beauty of nature in Shantiniketan, West Bengal

29 November 2017

Indigo Sutra Conference

More images from the Indigo Sutra Conference in Calcutta/Kolkata West Bengal
This tiny moth joined our dyeing workshop
Indigo Textiles from Africa in the exhibition
Exhibition, Indigo Sutra

Extremely fine bandhej tie dye work
Exhibition, Indigo Sutra

A traditional gown from Yemen, in deep, polished indigo cotton.
Exhibition, Indigo Sutra
Installation rooms of indigo dyed fabrics
Exhibition, Indigo Sutra
Indigo botanical specimen collected over 200 years ago.
The Indian Botanical Garden, Herbarium section.
Exhibition, Indigo Sutra
Indigo botanical painting made over 200 years ago.
The Indian Botanical Garden, Herbarium section.


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28 November 2017

Indigo Sutra Conference

Back in India!

I am back in Jaipur, working on new block print designs.

In November, I attended a conference on INDIGO in Calcutta. It was organized by Sutra
http://www.sutratextilestudies.com
What a wonderful Indigo Tribal Clan meeting! There were speakers, specialists and textile artisans from all over the world. There was also a terrific Indigo Exhibition, curated by Simon Marks.
Hands-on workshops, and a gathering of pan-Indian natural dye textile producers running a bustling shopping bazaar. The fabrics were beyond amazing.
I bought many one-of-a-kind handmade scarves to bring back for Spring 2018 Sister Bazaar, the finest handmade blues anywhere. More on the new stock later..
I want to share some pictures from the Indigo Sutra event.
Before the conference, I went on a three-day excursion around a region of Bengal that specializes in hand weaving and dyeing.
Self, overjoyed to be immersed in blue on the Indigo Trail
An indigo vat must be carefully tended every day
A block of natural botanic source indigo



















First dipped yarn. Indigo colour is best dipped 2 to 9 times to achieve a deep blue dye

Yarn after more dips. 
Blue Gold.
Fragments of 200 year old indigo cake. It had the luminosity of sapphire!

5 June 2017

Save the Date!
SATURDAY JUNE 24TH - POP UP SAMPLE SALE IN OTTAWA
Styles you know and love, discontinued and samples, LOTS!
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park
10:00 till 3:00 (one day only)
 http://www.613flea.ca   link for more info

PLEASE NOTE   Cash only, no change facilities, ATM's onsite and nearby, underground parking. No previews...we are fair to all, we open at 10:00 sharp!
Looking forward to seeing you, and please invite your friends

HANDMADE FASHION     Hand block printed - pure soft cotton - Made in India 
INTRODUCING NEW Botanically-sourced colourways. Sepia Ink, Madder Red and the much-loved Indigo Blue  










only one available!

5 May 2017

Now available at VANILLA BOUTIQUE OTTAWA