One could say that Bombay-born Seema Krish is a textile cartographer. Her fabric line, carried at De Sousa Hughes, translates the essence of modern cities while expressing her Indian heritage. In her latest New York, NY collection, the textile designer, whose studio is in the Mission District, created her TriBeCa pattern with triangles inspired by traditional phulkari embroidery to evoke the texture of the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets. Krish’s unique approach was fueled by an early position cutting samples for the Japanese fabric company Nuno. “I was thrilled to handle the dimensional textiles I had just seen, but wasn’t allowed to touch, at a Cooper-Hewitt exhibit,” she says. That experience encouraged Krish to explore tactile fabrics, and her love of Indian traditions sent her to Bangalore, where her multifaceted textiles are made. Through her designs, she aims to give traditional crafts, including weaving, embroidery, and hand-block and hand-screen printing, a contemporary voice. “My aesthetic reflects me and my life,” says Krish. “It’s a combination of East and West, a mix of tradition and modernity.”
LX: I became interested in textile design when…
SK: Growing up in India, I was surrounded by all things visual. I decided to pursue an arts education, with the intention of majoring in graphic design. But when I discovered the tactile medium of textiles, I was hooked!
LX: Design icons:
SK: Sonia Delaunay, and Gunta Stölzl of the Bauhaus school.
LX: Favorite hotel:
SK: The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra. Each room has an amazing view of the Taj Mahal.
LX: Dream collaboration:
SK: Kelly Wearstler’s bold use of pattern is so inspiring. I would be interested to see how she would incorporate my fabrics into the mix.
LX: Tools of the trade:
SK: In this technology-ridden environment, I still enjoy drawing and painting my designs on paper. And my dream is to have a loom again.
LX: Greatest indulgence:
SK: Dandelion Chocolate!