A Modern Take On Tribal
At Built Design Collective, we’re always on the lookout for designs that exude modern Santa Fe style, and we are especially drawn to organic, textural fabrics that offer a contemporary take on more traditional or tribal patterns. During a recent visit from one of our trade representatives, we were introduced to Coral & Tusk, a gorgeous line of embroidered textiles created by designer Stephanie Housley.
Although we love all of Coral & Tusk’s bespoke designs, we are head-over-heels for the graphic patterns in their “Geometric” line. Influenced by native cultures and the natural world, this line, which is available in both bold and neutral hues, is sophisticated, yet also down-to-earth and livable.
The Coral & Tusk process is intricate and complex - each design stems from Stephanie’s original hand-drawn illustrations, which are scanned and redrawn stitch by stitch into the computer using special software. These computer drawings are then used to create an embroidered prototype. Once the prototype is finalized, it is shipped off to the company’s partners in India for fabrication on large-scale embroidery machines where patterns are created in small runs. The completed textiles are made available through the Coral & Tusk showroom in Brooklyn and through trade showrooms.
In addition to their products, we also love knowing that while Coral & Tusk’s fabrics are produced outside the U.S., the company is committed to maintaining quality working conditions with fair wages and benefits for its artisans in India. Coral & Tusk is mindful of the environment and uses unbleached, natural linen, avoiding harsh chemicals that are common in a lot of fabric dyes.
To learn more about these beautiful textiles and where you can purchase them, please check out the Coral & Tusk site. We can’t wait to use them in our own upcoming projects!