Ikat Weave and Natural Dyeing Process

Indonesia is well known for their Ikat style of textiles. Ikat means to bind or to tie.  This piece is made on a backstrap loom that sits on the ground.  The warp thread is strung onto the loom and the desired pattern is sketched onto the thread.  The thread is then wrapped with string, straw…

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Weaver’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia, exhibition Fowler Museum UCLA

While researching weaving in Indonesia we came across this incredible exhibition which showcases the stories of women weaving throughout Southeast Asia.  Stories are shared by women from Flores, Timor, Sumba, Java and many other places.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. This exhibition was published by Fowler Museum at ULCA Weavers’…

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Lombok Songket Woven Textiles

Lombok This magnificent range of textiles is handwoven on backstrap looms in Pringgasela, a village in the foothills of Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok.  Pringgasela has been a traditional weaving village for generations.  Their cloth has evolved over years with many changes in the style they produce.  These textiles are some of the…

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Batik

Batik is both an art and a craft and has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot. Earliest cloth believed to be batik was…

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Lombok weaving village at the base of the volcano

Simeon and I have a long history with Lombok, having first visited the weaving village in 1992.   We were in our early 20s exploring Bali and Lombok and we came across a beautiful textile hanging in a small shop.  We bought the piece and asked the lady where it was made.  She directed us to…

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Thenzawl Handwoven Cloth

Thenzawl is a village on the border of India and Myanmar, located in the Indian state of Mizoram, tucked between Bangladesh and Myanmar.   Although it is officially in India the people are not Indian in appearance or language as you can see in the videos of the women weaving found on the textiles page. We…

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Kantha Stitch on Painted Silk

Our range of Kantha on Silk cloth is purchased from a studio in Kalkota. They produce a huge variety of high quality textiles. Many of our scarves are also produced here. The silk is first dyed using a resist technique or hand painted. The studio is large and well aerated. It is then hand stitched…

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Visiting Thenzawl

We are always on the lookout for new handwoven textiles, hunting for fabric that most people have not seen before.  After seeing a photo of a textile on a travel blog we started researching the state of Mizoram in North East India.  Very little information was available online but we were fascinated by the textiles…

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