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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.

Photo of our Narrow vintage ikat sample piece
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Narrow vintage ikat sample piece

A chance to buy a textile treasure. A narrow hemmed band cut from an old traditional ikat sarong. The photos show some of our selections. Size: 10 - 15 cms wide x approx 130 cms Colours: deep rich browns, chestnut browns and burgundy reds with creams and pale sandy yellows.
IK08 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Narrow vintage ikat sample piece
£15.00 each Buy
Photo of our Soft vintage ikat scarf
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Soft vintage ikat scarf

A lovely scarf which has been made from an old traditional sarong. We bought this piece from a lady with a small stall on the road to N'Gela. She buys up old sarongs from her neighbours, cuts off the worn out parts and hems them into fringed scarves. Beautifully soft texture to make an awesome scarf. Size: 29 x 142 cms inc short fringes Colours: Black, chestnut brown and beige
IK06 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Soft vintage ikat scarf
£24.00 each Buy
Photo of our Beautiful Ikat scarf

Beautiful Ikat scarf

Naturally dyed ikat scarf from Flores island Size: 20 x 130 cms.
IK09 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Beautiful Ikat scarf
£24.50 each Buy
Photo of our Narrow ikat hanging with cowrie shells
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Narrow ikat hanging with cowrie shells

A piece bought from the ladies at Lawolewok a village Larantuka in the eastern tip of Flores. This narrow piece which would look great hung on the wall is made from hand spun and hand woven cotton, natural dyes and has 7 tiny flowers sewn from 4 cowrie shells each Size: 13 x 110 cms (excluding the plaited fringes) Colours: rich aubergine and ivory
IK05 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Narrow ikat hanging with cowrie shells
£32.50 each Buy
Photo of our Narrow wall hanging from N'Dona
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Narrow wall hanging from N'Dona

A beautiful piece bought from the N'Dona women's ikat co-operative, who use only natural plant dyes for their work. This one is in indigo and white and features very tradional design elements from the Ende region. Size: 15 x 154 cms (excluding fringes) Colours: deep navy indigo blue and white with some red end stitching
IK04 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Narrow wall hanging from N'Dona
£36.50 each Buy
Photo of our Narrow wall hanging from N'Dona
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Narrow wall hanging from N'Dona

A stunning ikat bought from the women of the ikat co-operative in N'Dona village near Ende. The women here work together to make and market their beatiful work which uses exclusively naturally dyed yarn. Size: 27 x 145 (excluding fringe) Colours: browns and indigos - beautiful dark blue borders with lovely variegated fringe
IK03 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Narrow wall hanging from N'Dona
£55.00 each Buy
Photo of our Fabulous hanging from N'Gela
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Fabulous hanging from N'Gela

N'gela is a village on the southern coast of Flores which is incredibly difficult to reach down a long and very degraded road. In the end it was worth the trip! The women here make what I consider to be the best ikat in all of Flores. This beautiful naturally dyed piece could be used as a wall hanging or scarf Size: 49 x 144 cms excluding fringe Colours: deep brown, dark indigo and pale brown with lovely long rich brown fringes
IK02 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Fabulous hanging from N'Gela
£65.00 each Buy
Photo of our Naturally dyed wall hanging from N'Dona
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Naturally dyed wall hanging from N'Dona

Beautiful fine ikat hanging we bought from a women's weavers co-operative near Ende in Flores. So good you'd have to put it on the wall! Colours: beautiful, deep indigo blue, and rich chestnut red browns all yarns are dyed using natural plant dyes (including morinda and indigo) Size: 36 x 150 cms.
FI01 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Naturally dyed wall hanging from N'Dona
£68.00 each Buy
Photo of our Sarong with shells from Larantuka
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Sarong with shells from Larantuka

A beautiful tube shaped Flores sarong in thick, soft hand spun and hand-woven cotton. The sarong has hand sewn decorative seams. This is the traditional long tube shaped garment which can be worn in all sorts of ways. This piece was bought from the weaver herself in the traditional village of Lawolewok near Larantuka - in the far eastern tip of Flores island. Size: approx 130 x 165 cms (when opened out) Colours: all natural vegetable dyes in browns, blue and ivory with tiny cowrie shells sewn into the weave
IK01 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Sarong with shells from Larantuka
£300.00 each Buy
Photo of our Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat

Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat

An amazing piece of indigo ikat bought from the maker herself, Mama Katerina in the Bajawa region of Flores. This ikat cloth is made to wear as part of community rituals. The cloth is woven in three separate sections which have been hand stitched together to form a tube garment. Colours: indigo blue with white motifs. Red, orange and white ceramic beads and tiny cowrie shells form a design of crabs and a central motif of a figure in a sailing boat. Pieces like this (called Lawo Buto) are only worn at the most important rituals and never for everyday wear. Mama Katerina kindly offered to show me how it is worn. Size: 150 x 170 cms
FI06 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat
£350.00 each Buy

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