Natural Endek

AUD $420.00

Endek is a form of ikat weave used as daily temple wear all over Bali, however it difficult to find such fine work using all natural dyes in this style.  We have 2 pieces of endek woven by Ibu Gde in Nusa Penida, renowned for her quality weaving and strong natural colours.  Please see our black and white piece here

Light weight woven cotton

All natural dyes

Size: 186x88cm

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Category: SKU: NPNI1-1


Natural Dyeing Process

Beautiful soft tones as well as strong and vibrant colours are produced using only natural dyes.  The process to produce strong colours that last is often a long one.  It takes generations of local knowledge which is being lost with the popularity of chemical dyes.

The blue is made from indigo which is grown and harvested locally.  It is first soaked in water mixed with lime powder.  The lime reacts with the leaf and turns the water blue.  It is them fermented for weeks to ensure the colour is strong and will remain in the cloth.  Thread is then soaked in the dye mix, beaten with a wooden mallet to send the colour to the center of the thread, dried, then the process repeats numerous times depending on the desired colour.

Red, yellow, brown, green and black are produced with various roots and leaves, sometimes mixed together for varying colour tones.

Additional information

Weight 0.50 kg