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Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr with Turquoise Mountain

My ‘Travelling Light’ fabric for Christopher Farr Cloth is a contemporary take on a traditional kilim design. This fresh fabric works well on walls, curtains or even as a detail in a scheme.

I have recently given this design to Turquoise Mountain, a wonderful organisation committed to reinvigorating traditional crafts in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The organisation has trained over 6,000 artisans, restored 150 historic buildings and has also organised major international exhibitions.

Founded in 2006 by HRH the Prince of Wales, Turquoise Mountain supports a new generation of artisan entrepreneurs, who drive economic development, whilst preserving unique cultures and traditions of rug and textile making in Afghanistan. Afghanistan was historically a centre for textiles, but after four decades of conflict, the majority of contemporary rug production now takes places in India or Nepal.

It has been interesting to see how the talented artisans have creatively responded to my design. The screen printed linen from my collection has been interpreted and over-stitched with silk thread, referencing traditional Afghan motifs to create a beautiful fusion of contemporary craft.

You will be able to see it for yourself at Focus/19 from 15th-20th September 2019. Christopher Farr will have a pop-up showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour called ‘In the Making’. The display will include this collaboration with embroiderers in Kabul, as well as Christopher Farr rugs created in Afghanistan. There will also be live weaving demonstrations and informative talks that celebrate the skill of Afghan weavers.

It has been so exciting to see how this collaboration between Turquoise Mountain and Christopher Farr combines the artisans’ knowledge of traditional crafts with my playful ‘Travelling Light’ design.

Like Turquoise Mountain, we are passionate about craft and the artisan and want to preserve skills that are passed down from generation to generation.

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