Meet Santosh, who with her family and a small group of talented villagers do the wonderful beadwork of the fashion jewelry we find in India. Through the years, our orders have grown and she is most grateful for the work we have given them!
Meet Mexicali makers Bharat and Sadahana! We have been working with this mother/son team for over 10 years in the magical Holy City of Pushkar, India. We found their shop one day while exploring the city when the kids were young. The bright colors were so inviting, we were drawn right in. Little did we know that after walking in we would feel as though we were part of the family, and a long-time business relationship was just about to blossom!
Sadhana and Bharat have been providing Mexicali Blues with beautiful magic skirts since our first trip to Pushkar. Welcoming and kind--not to mention Sadhana being an amazing cook--it is a joy to stop by for chai and couple of laughs whenever we are in town!
Their incredible eye for picking out the prettiest and most colorful silk saris to upcycle has made the Mexicali Magic Skirt a long-time customer favorite. New on the scene are Mini Magic Skirts, which can double as a kid's magic skirt! Shop the mini magic skirt here.
Also coming soon for the Holiday season we will be offering the option for another cool thing they've crafted for us: free reusable recycled sari bags as an alternative to our recycled paper bags! Stay tuned for those coming soon to a Mexicali store near you!
Narrated by Mexicali Blues owner Pete Erskine and filmed by son Chauncey, this short travel video offers an insider look at the making of block print tapestry wall hangings in Jaipur, India. We take you with us through the crafting and buying process that goes into block print tapestries, bags, quilts, and more--traveling from their inception in India all the way to Mexicali Blues in Maine and then off to decorating your home in the most beautiful bohemian ways!
Aside from looking groovy, these unique textiles have a rich history in India, and are still produced using handmade dyeing and printing techniques that make each piece a subtly individual work of art! Although the younger generations of textile artists in India are shifting their focus to less labor-intensive screenprinting, the artisans who create our India print tapestries and accessories are keeping tradition alive through hand-dyeing and block-printing.
We travel frequently to India and other far-flung locales, importing responsibly through creating and maintaining long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with the artisans and families who create our merchandise. We are proud to offer tapestries, reversible block print bags, bohemian scarves, and other cool decor and fashion items that are created using block printing and other awesome traditional techniques!
Pete, Kim, and Carly were just in India for Holi, the annual festival of colors! Holi proclaims the end of winter, and rejoices in the coming bounty of the Spring harvest season. It is also a celebration of color and community–a chance to set differences aside and just have FUN! We were so happy enjoy […]
A lifelong traveler, Carly Erskine has been traveling with her parents, Mexicali co-owners Pete and Kim, since she was just a baby. With 20-something years of experience traveling and a solid preference for backpacks over wheel-y suitcases, she’s gotten packing light down to an art, even when venturing to three countries with very different climates […]