17th October 2019
Nila House opens in Jaipur, with sustainable design and preservation of India’s textile traditions at its core

Two years in the making, Nila House, Jaipur, opened its doors on 16 October, with an “open studio” day that had an array of workshops including hand-block printing and natural indigo dyeing. Buzzing with activity on opening day, Nila House is poised to be the newest hub for conversations on the preservation of handwoven textiles and the promotion of sustainable design processes. Dating back to the 1930s, Nila House has been immaculately restored by Bijoy Jain’s Studio Mumbai, using natural and locally available materials, embodying the sustainable ethos of the space. Envisioned as a centre of excellence – Nila House will be a repository of valuable knowledge on traditional Indian textiles and natural dyes, as well as a dynamic site for experimentation to bring together traditional artisanal skills and contemporary design. The space will include a textile archive, library, workshop spaces and an artist-in-residence programme that will provide a platform for artists and designers from around the world to collaborate with the centre’s vast network of local artisans and weavers. The collections developed through these collaborations will be on display at an impeccably curated store at Nila House. Supported by the Lady Bamford Foundation, Nila House is an entirely non-for-profit initiative. The proceeds from the collections will be channelled back to support the research and development work of the project.

Image credit: Nila House, Jaipur
Website: https://www.nilajaipur.com/