We have just been to Flores, an island in eastern Indonesia for the third time. We revisited some villages and did a 3 day introduction to natural dyeing and ikat weaving in Maumere. This confirmed to me how amazing these ikat weavings are and just how much skill, patience and time goes into maing them. Flores has always been famous for the fineness and intricacy of its ikat textiles. Girls are expected to be able to weave ikat textiles for her family before they are thought ready to get married.
Each village has its own designs and dyes and the scarves and sarongs which we bought mostly dyed with the natural plant dyes available in the region. These are mainly indigo blue, mangrove bark for black, soga brown, mango leaf for green and mengkudu (morinda citrifolia) root forall kinds of shades from deep red to pale apricot. Here is a selection of what we brought back from our trips. Each one we sell ensures we can go back again to spend money with the weaving women who often use the money to pay for their kids to go to school.