In November we went to Flores, an island in eastern Indonesia for the second time. We revisited some of the places and discovered a whole new pile of villages in our hunt for the stunning ikat weavings. 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 all the 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 are all 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 for deep red. Here is a selection of what we brought back from that trip. Each one we sell ensures we can go back again to spend money with the weaving women who have no other way of making money to pay for their kids to go to school.