Lila fabric


design Doshi Levien, 2018

Crafted by design duo Doshi Levien, Lila is a vibrant upholstery textile. It combines two voluminous unicoloured yarns: a regular yarn in the weft and an irregularly textured slub yarn in the warp.

The sensual colours, inspired by the Royal Indian miniature paintings, glazed Chinese ceramics and Modernist paintings, comprise natural, deep tone-on-tone colours. The name of the fabric, which are derived from Hindu mythology - Lila means "play" or "dance" - reflect this.

To realise their vision, Doshi Levien mixed more than 100 gouache colours, then hand-painted them onto samples. These were used as reference in production to dye the yarn with great accuracy.

Nipa Doshi: “Working on Lila and Raas has been a very deep and intense exploration in aesthetics of mixing colour. We wanted to create colour by mixing paints by hand, rather than choosing colour references from existing colour charts. 

Durable, Lila fabric is suited to private and public spaces alike. 

Composition 92% new worsted wool, 8% nylon

Durability 100.000 Martindale

Width 140 cm 

Technical informations

Lila fabric
182 € / meter

free samples (against deposit)
95 €

neutral colors

111

121

141

191

241

261

661

941

961

981

cold colors

131

161

181

671

681

721

741

751

781

861

warm colors

221

251

431

461

531

551

571

651

951

Jonathan Levien & Nipa Doshi

Established in 2000 by Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi, London-based Doshi Levien is an internationally acclaimed design practice. Their work celebrates the hybrid and fuses cultural ideas, technologies, story telling, industrial design and fine craftsmanship.

Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi: ‘Our dream is to create work that celebrates an equal exchange and plurality of values, relating to different societies, material and visual cultures.’

Doshi Levien was the international Designers of the Year of EDIDA 2015.