When The Preschooler was born, her paternal grandmother had thin cotton blankets from scraps of well-worn, printed cotton saris sewn. These super-soft blankets served as swaddles in the early days and security lovies in the latter. They are now tucked away in a suitcase, waiting to be handed down to the next child in the family.
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I make mention of these handmade blankets because I recently discovered a Singapore-based company, Feroza Designs, whose signature product is the “Dohar,” a traditional Indian summer blanket made of three layers of cotton voile, a soft, sheer fabric.
I recently met up with Feroza Design’s founder, Kavita Dasgupta, and we chatted about her growing business over tea. This mother of two, who studied design and fashion in New York City and business administration in Singapore, is an exceptionally talented surface designer. (I’m partial to her “Kyoto” pattern!)
Each blanket is wood block-printed by hand and produced sustainably in Jaipur, India (the company leverages substantial amounts of solar energy and recycles 80% of waste water, e.g.).