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We have been to Flores, one of the Nusa Tenggera islands of eastern Indonesia, three times. It is usually incredibly hot! Last time, we did what I've been wanting to do for a long time, an ikat weaving course. This just confirmed to me how bloomin' amazing the ikat weavers of Flores are and just how much skill, patience and time goes into making their textiles. Flores has always been famous for the beauty and intricacy of its ikat. A girl is expected to be able to weave ikat textiles for her family before she is thought ready to marry.

Each village has its own designs and dyes and the scarves and sarongs which we bought there are mostly dyed with local natural plant dyes. These are mainly indigo blue, mangrove bark for black, soga brown, mango leaf for green and mengkudu (morinda citrifolia) root for all kinds of shades from deep red to pale apricot. Each one we sell ensures that we can continue to spend money with the weaving women who often use their weaving income to pay for their kids to go to school.

Have a look at the Indigo textiles section for a few more Flores ikats.

To read my blogs about Flores and its wonderful textiles, try "An ikat cloth from Maria Anselmia da Kunya"   or "Flores ikat - its all about the villages"

Photo of our Soft vintage ikat scarf

Soft vintage ikat scarf

A lovely soft 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: 24 x 29 x 124 cms excluding fringes at both ends

Colours: Black, chestnut brown and beige

DJ121 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Soft vintage ikat scarf
£17.50 each Buy
Photo of our Soft ikat scarf from Ende

Soft ikat scarf from Ende

A lovely wide soft scarf made from an old traditonal sarong with ancient horse designs. I bought this one from a woman selling from her small stall on the streets of Ende's market.

Size: 54 x 140  cms (including short fringes)

Colours: deep rich chestnut brown with cream and terracotta natural dyes

DJ122 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Soft ikat scarf from Ende
£35.00 each Buy
Photo of our Flores ikat with cowries

Flores ikat with cowries

A piece bought from the ladies at Lawolewok, a village near Larantuka on 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

DJ123 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Flores ikat with cowries
£32.50 each Buy
Photo of our Natural dyed hanging from N'Dona

Natural dyed hanging from N'Dona

A beautiful piece bought from the N'Dona women's ikat co-operative a village on the outskirts of Ende. The weavers here use only natural plant dyes for their work. This one uses vegetable indigo, morinda citrifolia root and mangrove bark. It has lovely finished ends with  chain stitching

Size: 25 x 154 cms (excluding fringes)

Colours: indigo blue, white, deep chestnut red and rich deep brown

DJ124 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Natural dyed hanging from N'Dona
£49.50 each Buy
Photo of our Natural dye wall hanging from N'Dona

Natural dye wall hanging from N'Dona

Beautiful fine ikat hanging we bought from a women's weavers co-operative in the village of N'Dona near Ende in Flores. This textile is a lovely example of traditional ikat patterns and wonderful organic natural dyes. Good enough to hang on your 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. (excluding fringes)

DJ125 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Natural dye wall hanging from N'Dona
£68.00 each (OUT OF STOCK)
Photo of our Moth design sarong from N'Gela

Moth design sarong from N'Gela

An incredibly finely woven traditional ikat sarong. This lovely soft  cotton piece has been woven in three pieces and hand stitched together to make a woman's skirt tube which can be worn in a variety of ways.

The heavy cotton gives this sarong a wonderful drape and weight. The two outer panels are identical and the middle one has a design of butterflies or moths

Size: 142 x 160 cms (if opened out)

Colours: Deep natural dyes of mengkudu root (morinda citrifolia), and mangrove bark.

DJ126 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Moth design sarong from N'Gela
£145.00 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. For my blog on this experience, have a look at  "A ceremonial ikat from Mama Khaterina"

Size: 150 x 170 cms (opened size)

More Ikat from Flores here

DJ129 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat
£350.00 each Buy

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