Nothing is more timeless than black and white, but as Vogue points out, this traditional color scheme is getting a modern touch this spring/summer season with playful patterns popping up all over the runway. Not to be left out, we’ve collected our favorite black and white artisan fabrics. From zigzags to geometric shapes, black and white has never been more crisp and elegant—with just a touch of fun.
Bold, Grecian graphics and one-of-a-kind style dominate this black and white, block-printed sarong our Indian artisans made for Nordstrom (available here).
TOP: Created with hand-carved wooden stamps, each zigzag is slightly due to the amount of pressure our Indian artisans applied during the block-printing process. BOTTOM LEFT: Hand-dyed in India, this fabric showcases our artisans’ take on a classic motif. BOTTOM RIGHT: Black, white, and gray stripes play nicely with hypnotic zigzags in this handwoven textile from Ghana.
LEFT: Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the team behind Rodarte’s Spring 2014 RTW runway show, was inspired by 1980s Los Angeles club culture, with black and white tassels, hot pants, and silk shirts dominating the collection. RIGHT: Handwoven, black and white Indian ikat.
LEFT: This circular, black and white pattern was hand-dyed by Indian artisans skilled in the block-printing technique. RIGHT: Taking her queue from safari life, Diane von Ferstenberg showcased animal-inspired prints with pops of orange at her Spring 2014 RTW show.