Les Indiennes, a shop selling hand block printed textiles in Hudson, opened in 2014. Les Indiennes, the 18th Century French name for this type of fabric, started as an online business in 2002. As the company grew the shop was a natural progression to support the online and wholesale business, and an opportunity for customers to discover the complete range of products. All the textiles are printed in Southern India using natural dyes in the traditional Kalamkari process. This cotton fabric is made into a wonderful array of textiles for the home. To complement the textiles there are wallpapers, ceramics and an interesting assortment of vintage items and collectibles.
Mary Bergtold Mulcahy fell in love with Indian block printed bed covers in a UNESCO shop. A former fashion and interiors photo stylist, and editor for Harper’s Bazaar, she went on the hunt to discover the perfect cotton block prints. She found a small family business in Pedana, Southern India, and the supplier, Srinivas, became Mary’s business partner. Residing in upstate New York, Hudson was the ideal location for Mary to open a Les Indiennes shop. She loves staging and restaging the shop, which is a wonderful opportunity to meet clients and hear their feedback. Mary enjoys evolving and reinventing the brand. Les Indiennes recently introduced an indigo collection, and is now working on a linen collection. Also there is a range of repurposed furniture upholstered in patterned canvas in the works.
On her achievements
“I am most proud of being able to provide so many jobs in such a rural, impoverished part of India. This gives me the greatest satisfaction of all.”
444 Warren Street, Hudson NY