Histoire Lesson: Antique Suzanis

At Histoire, we are all about finding one of a kind treasures that are as beautiful as they are unique. So this week, we’re thrilled to add these one of a kind antique suzani pillows to our collection.

The story behind these gorgeous treasures begins in the Fergana Valley, a region in Central Asia spreading across eastern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which was once an important stop on the Silk Road. It is a fertile and abundant valley, known for the production of high-quality silk. From the lush silks of the region, Uzbek women created exquisitely embroidered textiles in different shapes and patterns that served both as decorative items and as protective covers for their possessions.

"Suzani" is the Persian or Farsi word for needle and refers to textile panels embroidered with silk thread. The suzani was an integral part of a woman’s artistic expression in Central Asia for hundreds of years. Traditionally, as soon as a girl was born her mother would start embroidering the suzani for her. As the daughter grew older, she would join in the process. The suzani would eventually become a part of her dowry and be used to decorate her home. These intricate and lovingly-made textiles add incredible texture and a unique touch to any room.

Shop our collection of one of kind suzanis here.

Trend: Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine yellow is a huge trend this spring. Unfortunately it’s a hard color to wear for many skin tones, so I’ve put together some gorgeous pieces of jewelry for you to be able to include in your spring accessories wardrobe.

No.1 Ruma Bangles / No.2 Kate Spade Treasure Chest Statement Necklace / No.3 ASOS Patent Color Watch / No.4 Kendra Scott Dani Ring / No.5 BaubleBar Phospho Boho Drops

— Meg B.

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To all the women who inspire us, past and present - Happy International Women’s Day!

To all the women who inspire us, past and present - Happy International Women’s Day!

Style Set: Katie from Modern Eve
Today we have Texan, Katie from Modern Eve, doing a Style Set with us. Katie’s blog focuses on fashion, entertaining, home decor and travel.

I am really into cuff bracelets right now and this brass one is kinda amazing. I’d get two, one for each wrist and I’d wear them with a long summer dress, like this seafoam-colored Tibi dress. They’d provide the right amount of tough and cool to this elegant, sugary-mint frock.
Not only are these cuffs amazing, but they’re handmade, featuring recycled materials found and used by the local artisans in Africa. Every time I’d wear them I’d be reminded of the good cause I am supporting. It’s easy to justify fashion purchases when you know the profit is going to a great cause.

Dress: Tibi / Cuff: Diamond Brass Cuff
Photo of Katie by Jaclyn Welch
Decorating with Histoire: Artful Color

This artful Paris apartment is that of Anna Klossowski, an independent curator. We were drawn to the mixture of color and eclectic collection of items and found some items at Histoire for you to get the look with.

No.1 tranSglass Ripe Currant Candle / No.2 Jodphur Rug in Fuchsia

Anna’s apartment was published in the third issue of Rue, and photographed by Emily Johnston Anderson.

Voyage: Luang Prabang, Laos. A sunset walk along the Mekong River. Courtesy of JADEtribe.

Inspiration from the Oscars: Missi Pyle

We were so happy to see Missi Pyle in a cruelty-free dress designed by Valentina Delfino made of mineral-dyed silk at the Oscars on Sunday. The light aqua blue was a refreshing sight on the red carpet, and a reminder that spring is on it’s way.

Inspired by Missi’s dress we put a few items together from Histoire.

No.1 Antique Glass Candlestick / No.2 Samui Cosmetic Bag / No.3 Kantha Square Pillow III

Photo via Style.com / Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

— Meg B.

Meet the Designer: Kimberly Hartman of JADEtribe

This week, we caught up with Kimberly Hartman, the globetrotting designer behind JADEtribe, to learn more about her Spring 2012 collection. Regularly visiting the artisans that she works with in Thailand, Laos and Indonesia, Kimberly is never short on inspiration. Talk about travel envy!

How did you first discover the artisans that you work with?

In the summer of 2008, I was feeling disillusioned with my fashion job and I had just broken up with my boyfriend, so I was dreaming of an escape. I had enough frequent flier miles for a trip around the world, so I took off to India with my yoga mat and a wanderlust to discover new countries and cultures.

After India, I traveled to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. In Laos, I took a course in hand weaving and natural dyes and was amazed by the process. I also discovered antique textiles in Laos and began inquiring with the locals as to where I could buy them. My search led me to a remote village, where I now employ women from the local community to hand weave traditional textiles for JADEtribe.

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Trend: Woven Bags

Each spring a new crop of woven bags comes out for beach-going and sun-soaking. Sisal, raffia, and straw materials give an instant chic ease to to any beach tote. Perfect for your towels, sun screen, and snacks, these totes are also perfect for heading to the market to pick up groceries and flowers.

No.1 Sisal Market Tote / No.2 Foley + Corinna Straw Tote / No.3 Tory Burch Straw Tote / No.4 Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Tote / No.5 Magid Corn Straw

— Meg B.

Style Set: Tobe of Because It’s Awesome

Today we are introducing a new series on the Histoire blog called Style Set where we ask different bloggers to pick one of their favorite items from Histoire, and pair it with another item. First up we have Tobe from Because It’s Awesome. Tobe is a lettering artist living in Kansas City, and is currently redecorating her new house.

Tobe says, "I can’t help but admire Histoire’s commitment to ecological responsibility, be it from supporting the artisan communities that make these beautiful pieces or ensuring that I’m bringing unique, responsibly made items into my home. As an advocate of shopping my local thrift stores and antique malls to find the most one-of-a-kind pieces, I also appreciate the global impact of giving old items new life. In addition to being unique, I find that these items are often better made to stand the test of time, and those are two qualities that truly make a house a home.

"I am definitely loving the Rope Dye pillow (in fact, I bought it on sight!). I love the handmade quality, and how easily it complements any aesthetic, be it glam or modern or virtually anywhere inbetween. My first thought was how incredible it would look when paired with this luxe faux fur throw from Calypso St. Barth. Perfect for the living room sofa or to add a luxurious touch to the bedroom.

— Meg B.