My Style My Self: Katherine Neumann
She tells stories from across India and Asia through her textiles. Her work is influenced by beautiful fabrics and the craftswomen who produce them, and for Sydney-born Katherine Neumann, personal style is dictated by comfort. Her lifestyle label House of Wandering Silk is completely handmade, and this summer, they are looking forward to launching a new clothing collection with Good Earth. After 10 years of living in countries across Asia, she found a base in India, drawn to the richness and diversity of its crafts and skilled artisans.
Black jeans, oversized scarves, Birkenstocks.
Secret to style
I keep my clothing simple and wear pieces made from natural and beautiful textiles.
My ahimsa silk scarf and a sketchbook. I travel light!
Antar-Agni, Bungalow 8, Naushad Ali.
Brands to keep an eye out for
The Summer House, India; Arts and Science, Japan; Black Crane, USA.
In your dining room
I have a crazy and bordering-on-obsessive collection of teapots and cups from my travels around the world, hand-thrown pottery from Puducherry, upcycled glasses made from old beer bottles by Green the Gap, and brass cutlery.
In your space
The furniture consists of hand-carved wooden and leather charpoys, coffee tables and chairs from Pakistan and India, which are covered with kantha cushions and woollen throws.
Vintage ship lighting from Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, a colonial-style cabinet from the second-hand furniture market in Amar Colony, Delhi, and an iron incense burner from Good Earth.
My art collection is my range of vintage textiles such as a gold-woven lungi from Sindh, Laos-embroidered sarongs, a giant Uzbek suzani and some unusual Syrian robes. The pièce-de-résistance is a handwoven ikat robe from mid 19th-century Uzbekistan that hangs on my wall at home.
On your desk
My Moleskine diary, handmade paper and lots of coloured pencils to sketch out new ideas.
My wardrobe holds a mix of hand-me-downs from friends, one-of-a-kind pieces I’ve made from vintage or special textiles, and some high-end items from my favourite Indian designers.
Fabrics you favour
Ahimsa mulberry silk, khadi cotton, handloom pashminas.
Bungalow 8 and Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, and Ogaan in Khan Market, Delhi.
Food for thought
Latitude in Khan Market, Delhi — my regular haunt for their goat cheese salad. Gung The Palace Green Park — they have the best Korean food outside of Korea. Coast Cafe in Hauz Khas Village — here you can pretend you’ve escaped the hustle of the city for a while.
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