For centuries, elegant Indian textiles have captivated tastemakers and enriched daily lives around the world. At Marigold Living, we’re continuing this tradition by making them available to you.
Marigold Living’s founder grew up in Mumbai surrounded by Indian textiles and handicrafts, and at an early age cultivated a taste for unique, handmade goods.
Along with her mother and sister she discovered a network of specialty stores, home-based businesses and exhibitions that carried exclusive designs sourced from authentic artisan communities around the country. They would rummage through the rich selections of cottons, silks, brocades, weaves and embroideries looking for the best patterns and highest quality textiles for their family home and wardrobes. But after moving to New York in 1995, she realized these authentically made pieces aren’t as easily sourced in the US.
To contribute to her love of a global, collected style, she launched Marigold Living to bring fine artisanal Indian home decor, linens and accessories directly to consumers. Relying on her extensive knowledge of the country’s heritage textile crafts from her days in Mumbai, she tracked down the artisan communities that produce these beautiful textiles. Today, Marigold Living is committed to keeping their exquisite work relevant in modern, everyday living—thereby supporting one of India’s oldest and most prolific industries. Each item tells a profound story through centuries-old motifs, heritage weaves, hand-mixed dyes and wood block printing techniques, making certain each piece is completely authentic and unique.
Marigold Living’s products are made using generations-old techniques and all-natural cotton, silk and wool materials. The textiles are created in small batches and come from various regions across India, each renowned for their particular skills and aesthetics. Marigold Living’s unique selection draws from classic textures, colors and patterns, which have been influenced by the numerous cultures intertwined throughout India’s history. This makes for a style that is broadly appealing and can be enjoyed in everyday life.
Marigold Living sources all of our textiles from nonprofits and for-profit businesses that support grassroots communities of local Indian craftspeople. These range from large businesses to small workshops and individual designers who work directly with artisans to create collections exclusively for Marigold Living, designed to suit modern American tastes. Having sourced Indian textiles since 2009, Marigold Living’s founder has a well-trained eye and close-knit relationships with carefully selected hand-block printers, embroiderers and weavers in various regions.
All Marigold Living products are handcrafted by skilled craftspeople using ancient techniques. Whether weaving, dyeing, wood block printing, hand stitching or embroidering, these methods require precision, skill, meditative focus and the perfect environmental conditions. Subtle variations in color, pattern and finish are typical for handcrafted fabrics, which only adds to their character. The 17th century process of hand printing using hand-carved wooden blocks, for example, leads to inevitable irregularities. It is these irregularities that give hand-block printed textiles their unique and nuanced charm.
From vibrant color palettes and intricate traditional designs to our simpler, neutral-toned variations, all of our pieces embody a distinct cultural identity while remaining versatile and contemporary.
Marigold Living's mission is to preserve the ancient techniques and the rich design heritage that set Indian textiles apart from all others. We are proud to support the largely rural and small town based handicraft communities that carry on this legacy, including artisans working from their own homes. No machine can replicate their skillful craftsmanship or the visual appeal of their work. We aspire to sustain the livelihoods and deep-rooted pride of these communities, and offer consumers a connection to the timeless beauty of Indian textiles.