I hope you’ve had a chance to get acquainted with some of the beautiful fabrics and items available on my website already, but if you haven’t then I hope you’ll pop over and take a look after reading my story… www.felicityb.com
In this post, I want to introduce you to my personal story and why I created this store.
My journey into fabrics began at an early age. I spent my childhood in several countries, including India, Korea and Japan, and was exposed to a range of different textiles. I quickly learnt how various cultures used fabrics in their clothing and developed a deep cultural appreciation of their methods and styles.
Later as an adult, on a visit to my family in Delhi, we decided to go on a tour of the markets in Hauz Khas, a cosmopolitan area of town in the south of the city. The region is famous all over Delhi for being a great place to find beautiful vintage clothing, dating back to the start of the twentieth century.
During my visit, I stumbled across an incredible sari shop, run by the same family for several generations. It was a treasure trove of beautiful materials, with every nook and cranny overflowing with silk and sequins
Before long, I was talking with the owner, asking if the store would be able to tailor make me a jacket from a hand-painted sari dating from the 1950s. The owner obliged, and the final product came out so well, it inspired me to do something similar.
I realised that there were thousands of undiscovered fabrics out there, just waiting to be made into garments, scarves and throws. I began experimenting with kimonos, cosmetic cases, glasses cases – anything that I could think of that might put these incredible materials to good use.
It was this passion that became the founding of FelicityB.com All of the items sold there are inspired by my eclectic childhood and appreciation for cultural traditions. I don’t just use fabrics because they look good; I use them because I have lived in the areas that use them and I have seen the history and culture around them for myself.
Now I want to share my love of these cultures with you. My approach is 100 percent ethical. For me, this store is all about cultural appreciation, not appropriation. I want to share with you the delightful fabrics that first inspired me to get creative.
Felicity B is also about being kind to the environment. I put all my off-cuts into smaller pieces, minimising the impact of my company on the environment.
All of the saris that I use are beautiful, and date from the 1940s to the present day. They come in an array of gorgeous patterns and colours, made using heritage techniques like block printing, ikat, weaving and screen printing.
I’m incredibly passionate about the beautiful garments and accessories that I sell, and I can’t wait to start sharing them with you. I hope that together, we can all appreciate the garment heritage of South Asia in new and exciting ways!