About Our Collections
Classical antiquity meets modern textile design in Meandros. The collection is predominantly inspired by ancient Greek ornament and draws especially on the Greek ‘Meander’, more popularly known as the Greek fret or Greek key pattern, symbolising the eternal flow of life.
It is believed to get its name from the ancient river Maendros in Asia Minor (present day Turkey) whose meandering path is emulated by these lines. Some believe it to be representative of the labyrinth Theseus escaped from after slaying the Minotaur (a popular tale from Greek mythology), symbolic of overcoming inner fear before achieving victory in life.
This motif has appeared in many different incarnations throughout different periods of history, widely seen in Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic and Oriental design. The Acanthus motif seen complementing the geometric meanders is reminiscent of the decorative ornament on Roman Corinthian capitals.
The collection is expertly handcrafted, with exquisite Persian ‘zardosi’, modern appliqué and oriental stylizing for a truly global and multicultural appeal.
This collection is inspired by a folk art ‘Phulkari’, an embroidery native to Punjab in North India. The word Phulkari literally translates to ‘flower work’, ‘phul’ meaning flower and ‘kari’ meaning work. Traditionally, Phulkari was embroidered on hand spun cotton known as ‘khaddar’, using silk thread in reds and bright colours as these textiles were used for auspicious festive occasions. In Punjab, all over Phulkari is referred to as Bagh (literally meaning ‘garden of flowers’ and was often inspired by nature). Tradition had it that a bride’s trousseau was incomplete without a Bagh embroidered by her mother.
The exact history and origin of this craft is unknown, but the earliest available pieces of this embroidery date back to the 15th century. Some believe that it originated from the Iranian craft of Gulkari. ‘Gul’ also meaning flower, it was deemed synonymous with Phulkari. The other more accepted theory is that it was brought to Punjab by the Jat peasants who originally migrated from Central Asia.
Aztaro brings to you a unique rendition of this folk art, recreating a Bagh on traditional handlooms using the popular flower and diamond motifs. The rustic weave on a western colour palette, combined with luxurious silk dupion and modern finishes, transforms this domestic village craft to a piece of home couture.
The Paisley is one of history’s most enduring textile and design motif. Originating in Persia (Sassanid Dynasty 221AD) and referred to then as the ‘boteh jegheh’, it was a religious symbol of the Zoroastrianists, representing the cypress tree - a symbol of everlasting life. It is a part of India’s textile legacy from its Mughal rulers. Known as the boteh or buta, this stylized pine cone design was widely used on Pashmina Jamawars (handwoven cashmere shawls) imported from Kashmir by the British East India Company in the late 18th century which became rather fashionable amongst the British aristocracy. These early imported Jamawars were prohibitively expensive, taking Kashmiri weavers eighteen months or more to weave the most intricate of these shawls.
In Scotland, the town of Paisley started replicating these designs, first on handlooms and then on mechanized jacquard looms and brought the popular Paisley within the reach of every English woman. The shawl and the pattern on it came to be known by the name of the town, and so the pattern has come to be known as the ‘Paisley’.
Aztaro’s design is inspired of these early Kashmiri Jamawars and reinterpreted for a haute Bohemian feel. The Paisley design itself is woven on a hand and foot shuttle loom by expert weavers. Modern appliqué stylizing on pure silk dupion completes the transformation of this age old, yet timeless, classic.
This collection is inspired by Celtic artefacts from the Late Iron Age (5th to 1st century BC). La Tène period is the culture of the central European Celts (also referred to as the Gauls in some texts) and named as such after the archaeological site in Switzerland, La Tène (near Lake Neuchâtel) where evidence of such culture was first discovered. The Hallstatt period (preceding La Tène period) applied geometric forms to their ornament, while the typical La Tene style was characterised by S-shapes, spirals and round patterns. The movement based forms of Celtic art such as the triskeles were developed during this period.
This collection in pure linen, with silk accents and finishes, uses modern appliqué and hand embroidery, on a palette of natural colours for a light summer feel.