John Robshaw bedding creates exotic patterns based on vibrant palettes using natural dyes.
The vibrant colors and unique patterns of John Robshaw’s bedding, such as the “Nikolo” collection seen here (available from Annabelles Fine Linens at Hawthorne Plaza), already put him on our list of favorite textile designers. But what’s even cooler about his line is the story behind those gorgeous fabrics. Robshaw first became interested in traditional textile-making techniques on a trip to India, where he saw local artisans block-print fabric using natural dyes.
“I was completely fascinated by the dyeing and printing processes, as well as how the finished product is used,” Robshaw recounts. “Textiles become intimate companions in daily life, whether as a pillow, bedcover or sarong.”
Robshaw experimented with ways to apply the aesthetic he developed as a fine arts student to the techniques he learned on that trip and other travels around the world to create designs that would give those traditional textiles a place in our modern homes.
Today, Robshaw serves as a consultant for the nonprofit Aid for Artisans, which helps create fair economic opportunities for craftspeople in developing nations, including those he works with to produce his collections.