The Campbell Collection is a cottage industry specializing in cushions, quilts, tablecloths, and fabric for cozy quarters. It’s the brainchild of Emma Campbell, who, after studying textile design at Central Saint Martins and Edinburgh College of Art, set out to create a housewares brand that celebrates the handmade. She enlisted her husband, Tim Campbell, who is the sales director of a software company by day, to serve as the company “business brains.” From the couple’s home base in Bath, England, Emma has her hand in all else, and works with skilled artisans in Jaipur and other parts of India.
“Our mission is to help support the livelihoods of craftspeople in India,” she writes. “We hope to have an ongoing positive social impact, creating employment and helping to preserve traditional craft techniques.” The Campbell Collection’s block-printed and embroidered results are just right for summer retreats, but also at home in a range of settings, as Emma, the in-house stylist, playfully demonstrates. Come see.
The fabric is block printed using five hand-carved wooden blocks in a meticulous process: “Beginning at one end of the six-meter-long printing table, the first block is dipped into a color and then pressed firmly into the fabric,” explains Emma. “This process is repeated over and over until the other end of the table is reached. Once the fabric is dry enough to handle, another artisan applies the second block atop the first—followed by the third, fourth, and fifth. Flower Pot is our most labor-intensive design.” Fabric swatches are available for a small fee; yardage is block printed to order (go to the website for prices).
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Frequently asked questions
What is the Campbell Collection?
The Campbell Collection is a line of handmade quilts, cushions, tablecloths, and fabric that are crafted in India.
Where are the Campbell Collection products made?
All Campbell Collection products are made in India.
What materials are used to make the Campbell Collection products?
The Campbell Collection products are made using high-quality fabrics, including cotton and linen.
Who makes the Campbell Collection products?
The Campbell Collection products are handmade by skilled artisans in India.
Are the Campbell Collection products ethically made?
Yes, the Campbell Collection products are ethically made. The brand ensures fair wages and safe working conditions for its artisans.
Can I purchase Campbell Collection products online?
Yes, you can purchase Campbell Collection products online through their website or select online retailers.
Do the Campbell Collection products offer customization options?
Yes, some Campbell Collection products offer customization options, allowing you to choose specific colors or patterns.
What sizes are available for the Campbell Collection quilts?
The Campbell Collection quilts come in various sizes, including twin, queen, and king.
Are the Campbell Collection products machine-washable?
Most Campbell Collection products are machine-washable. However, it's recommended to check individual care instructions for specific products.
Does the Campbell Collection offer international shipping?
Yes, the Campbell Collection offers international shipping to select countries. Shipping costs and availability may vary.
What makes the Campbell Collection products unique?
The Campbell Collection products are known for their traditional Indian craftsmanship, vibrant colors, and distinctive patterns, making each item unique and one-of-a-kind.