We take a moment to appreciate the craftmanship, beauty and skill in the one-of-a-kind pieces found at Daylesford.
In the modern world where so much is machine-made and automated, the role of hand-made items crafted with care is even more important.
Sourcing directly from skilled makers not only helps to keep their valuable techniques and traditions thriving, but also supports the key issue of sustainability. At Daylesford we work with artisans who share our passion for quality materials, elegant design and being kind to the environment.
Many of the beautiful, useful items you will find in our farmshops and online are created exclusively for us, from unique furnishings and interiors accessories, trusty cookware and eye-catching pieces for your dining tables to the softest linens and classic children’s toys.
The food in our organic farmshops and kitchens is guided by the seasons; nature also inspires the homeware collections at Daylesford.
For example, our new Nila tableware collection was inspired by Indigofera Tinctoria, the indigo plant used in Indian heritage crafts for thousands of years. Natural indigo dye is carefully grown, fermented and extracted in a time-honoured process that is kind to the soil and the artisans who use it.
The patterns and blue tones of the plates, beakers and cups evoke the characteristics of the indigo plant, while the fine ceramic stoneware is made from clay sourced in Rajasthan.
The textiles are made from hand-woven linen, with the patterns created using ikat, a traditional dyeing technique in which threads of yarn are marked, tied and painted by hand before the fabric is woven. Ikat takes months to complete, so each finished tablecloth and napkin is something to be treasured.
The elegant designs were created exclusively for Nila House in Jaipur, a cultural centre dedicated to preserving India’s natural dye and handloom textile traditions and safeguard its design heritage. Part of the Lady Bamford Foundation, Nila (meaning blue in Sanskrit, in honour of the deep hue of natural indigo dye) aims to share resources and knowledge, support sustainable design and celebrate craftsmanship.
The way the artisans in India work by hand to make the ceramics and textiles means the details of every piece vary – each has its own, truly special character.
As Daylesford’s founder Carole Bamford says, “The beauty and exquisite objects that can be derived from the simplicity and purity in the work of their hands will never cease to amaze and fascinate me.”
We hosted a Daylesford Discusses on Craft, The Maker & Sustainability as part of London Craft Week.
The panel included the talented Malaika Bing, Charlote Kidger, Beatrice Larkin and Rita Konig and you may watch the discussion in full here.