Leafing through John Robshaw Prints made me itchy for a vacation. This fabric covered book is as much about the rich textile traditions of India, Thailand and Java as it is about Robshaw and his amazing prints. Robshaw details batik and ikat techniques, but he spends the most time describing the handiwork of block printing. From carving the oiled teak blocks to discharging and drying the fabrics, block printing is an impressive mix of art and technique.
Robshaw has obvious affection for all traditional printing methods and has sought out craftsman to work in his shops who take great pride in their ancient traditions. Still, Robshaw is an artist who brings modern elements to his work, and John Robshaw Prints is full of winsome textiles that look as appropriate on fifth avenue as on the streets of Jaipur. If you can’t scoot off to India any time soon, just cozy up with a cup of chai and this book for a mini-retreat.
Final verdict (Buy It, Borrow It, Forget It)? Buy It!
—Melissa and Ellie
Many thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy.