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A selection of some wonderful textiles we've collected over the years - embroideries or weavings mostly which don't fit into the other categories. Enjoy browsing through them.

You can read up on some of our textile buying adventures on the blog Asia Textile Journey

Photo of our H'mong baby collar
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H'mong baby collar

A lovely little lovingly hand stitched collar for the back of a tradional baby's jacket. With reverse applique and cross stitching.

H'mong people of Northern Thailand

Size: 8 x 10 cms

TT28 – Textile Treasures: H'mong baby collar
£10.50 each Buy
Photo of our Embroidered strap with maze designs

Embroidered strap with maze designs

A finely embroidered and appliqued apron strap used by H'mong hilltribe women on their fabulous embroidered costumes

Size approx 50 x 8 cms.

TT3 – Textile Treasures: Embroidered strap with maze designs
£12.50 each Buy
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Hand stitched child's collar

A child's hand stitched collar salvaged from the back of a tradional H'mong jacket.

Tiny hand stitches - all lovingly stitched by a mother's hand.

Size: 13 x 13 cms

TT1 – Textile Treasures: Hand stitched child's collar
£15.00 each Buy
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Cross stitch apron strap

A hand stitched band which is made to go on the end of a H'mong tribal woman's traditional apron straps

Size: 9 x 52 cms

TT14 – Textile Treasures: Cross stitch apron strap
£15.00 each Buy
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Embroidered and appliqued panel

A beautiful hand stitched panel - part of a tradional woman's apron from the H'mong hilltribe of the Golden Triangle area.

Predominantly red and blue with cross stitched patterns and hand stitched applique.

Size: 68 x 12.5 cms.

TT2 – Textile Treasures: Embroidered and appliqued panel
£24.50 each Buy
Photo of our Silk tritik sash
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Silk tritik sash

An old and rather damaged silk sash from Bali. The technique is called "tritik" and is a stitch and then dye technique found all over Asia (and often mistakenly called "tie dye")

Sashes like this are often used in ceremonies and worn wrapped around a woman's waist.

Lots of repairs and holes, but still an example of an old craft. Deep purples and oranges.

Size: 52 cms x 2 m

TT8 – Textile Treasures: Silk tritik sash
£22.50 each Buy
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Loom reed and beater

An old wooden and bamboo reed comb from a hand loom along with its smooth beater "sword"

Size: Beater 57 x 9 cms. Reed 55 x 13 cms

TT26 – Textile Treasures: Loom reed and beater
£24.00 each Buy
Photo of our Miao sequinned jacket piece
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Miao sequinned jacket piece

The bottom section of the back of a Miao woman's jacket from Guizhou province in southwestern China.

Very fine metallic thread work with sequins and backed with fabulous burnished indigo cotton.

Size: 31 x 41 cms.

To read more about the wonderful indigo and embellished textiles of Guizhou, have a look at my blog "Indigo Central!"

TT7 – Textile Treasures: Miao sequinned jacket piece
£35.00 each Buy
Photo of our Laos brocade wallhanging
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Laos brocade wallhanging

A beautiful 100% silk finely woven brocade with blue, red and white silk threads on a pale yellow silk background.

This piece was woven in Laos to be worn over the shoulder, although it has been cut across the middle to make a wall hanging

Size: 47 x 108 cms (with a black strip at the top to hang it from)

TT12 – Textile Treasures: Laos brocade wallhanging
£35.00 each Buy
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Gold thread square

An old and rather tatty silk square with a supplementary weft of gold metallic thread. Faded glory!

Probably from South Sumatra

Size: 75 x 75 cms

TT5 – Textile Treasures: Gold thread square
£45.00 each Buy
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Embroidered Bai baby carrier

An old and very worn baby carrier with some fine hand stitched embroidery panels of fish and birds and folded patchwork squares.

Old hand made baby carriers have now been almost universally replaced by modern machine made versions.

Size: 70 x  72 cms  

TT20 – Textile Treasures: Embroidered Bai baby carrier
£45.00 each Buy
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Laos dragon silk skirt hem

A wonderful piece of supplementary weft weaving with two undulating Naga dragons. Made to go around the bottom hem of a northern Laos woman's wrap skirt.

Silk threads on a handwoven cotton background

Size: 39 x 125 cms.

TT16 – Textile Treasures: Laos dragon silk skirt hem
£58.00 each Buy
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Thai silk ikat

A piece of 100% Thai silk ikat (or "mutmee" as it is called in Thailand) from the Surin area in northeastern Thailand.

We bought this piece from the weaver who made it. The design is a very traditional one of fine diagonal zig zags.

Size: 1m x 1.85 m

TT13 – Textile Treasures: Thai silk ikat
£75.00 each Buy
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Padded baby carrier

A padded embroidered and appliqued baby carrier from the Flowerbelt Yi group in Yunnan, southwestern China. In soft velvet and corduroy fabrics with motifs of fish, peonies and water lilies.

Rather damaged byt still very attractive.

Size: 67 x 80 cms 

TT21 – Textile Treasures: Padded baby carrier
£75.00 each Buy
Photo of our Banjara stitched and tasselled square
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Banjara stitched and tasselled square

An old and used opened out bag made by the Banjari people of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in northern India. Totally hand stitched with running stitches, cowries shells and a lovely hand made tassell at the bottom.

Size: 56 x 56 cms

TT25 – Textile Treasures: Banjara stitched and tasselled square
£85.00 each Buy
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Sumatran ship cloth

 Supplementary weft weaving from southern Sumatra.

The design is naturally dyed deep reds and dark blue on natural pale brown cotton background

Size: 75 x 83 cms.

TT10 – Textile Treasures: Sumatran ship cloth
£85.00 each Buy
Photo of our Banjara embroidery with cowrie shells
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Banjara embroidery with cowrie shells

An old indigo dyed padded square with hundreds of hand sewn running stitched lines and patterns, decorated with cowrie shells.

Squares like this are usually made into bags by stitching the four corners up into a container shape.

From Madhya Pradesh region of India

Size: 60 x 60 cms.

TT18 – Textile Treasures: Banjara embroidery with cowrie shells
£90.00 each Buy
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Sumatran gold songket

Exquisite hand woven piece from Sumatra. Deep maroon red with pale gold thread woven in intricate detail. Weavings like this are known as "songkets" and are famous in western Sumatra where they are used in ceremonies as expressions of family prosperity.

Edged at both ends with fine lace work trim in gold thread

Size 31 x 86 cms (including edgings)

TT9 – Textile Treasures: Sumatran gold songket
£95.00 each Buy
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"Dodot" Javanese wedding cloth

An old fashioned wedding cloth made in Java for a traditional wedding.A double batik cloth like this would be worn by both bride and groom and hung behind them when they sit on their wedding thrones. A dodot is also worn by the Sultan and his family for special ceremonial occasions.

It would look amazing hung on a large wall 

This cloth consists of two batik cloths sewn lengthways together, then starched and gilded. A plain green central diamond is appliqued onto the centre on one side. 

Size: 2.35 x 2.05 metres

TT29 – Textile Treasures: "Dodot" Javanese wedding cloth
£97.50 each Buy
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Abaca fibre "T'nalak" from the Philippines

An ikat weaving made from "abaca" fibre also know as "Manila hemp". This is a species of banana native to the Philippines and the fibre is made from the plant stems (like hemp or linen)

The weaving is called a T'nalak and is used for ritual and ceremonial purposes. Making one is a long and labour intensive process and all the dyes used are natural plant dyes. Originally bought in Lake Sebu, Mindanao.

Size:71 cms x  1.65 mwith a rolled hem for display

TT27 – Textile Treasures: Abaca fibre "T'nalak" from the Philippines
£120.00 each Buy
Photo of our Black H'mong embroidered fringed sash
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Black H'mong embroidered fringed sash

A wonderful intact piece of two very finely embroidered panels on a deep dark indigo cotton base.. The work is finely kotted and stitched in floss silk yarn.

The whole sash is worn around the waist by a woman from the Black H'mong tribal group, living in northern Vietnam. 

The whole piece measures 20 cms x 1.85 m excluding very long finely twisted tassels (30 cms long) The two panels of embroidery measure 20 x 43 cms

TT11 – Textile Treasures: Black H'mong embroidered fringed sash
£125.00 each Buy
Photo of our Laos silk brocade shawl
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Laos silk brocade shawl

An old silk brocade shawl from Laos - silk background weave and silk supplementary weft threads.

Dark red with scarlet and gold threads.

This generous wide shawl has a lovely old feel but is still in very good condition.

Size: 71 cms x 2 metres (excluding th twisted fringes)

 

TT19 – Textile Treasures: Laos silk brocade shawl
£125.00 each Buy
Photo of our Shell Marapu figure sarong Sumba
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Shell Marapu figure sarong Sumba

A ceremonial "Lau hada" sarong (tube garment) in handspun and handwoven cotton dyed with a mud dye and decorated with tiny nassa shells.

The front half shows a figure from the Marapu spirit world and no-one can see the features of the face of a spirit.

A cloth like this may be given at a wedding to the bride's family.

The cloth is sewn into a tube with fringes at one side.

 Unsewn size: 1.22 x 1.16 m

TT22 – Textile Treasures: Shell Marapu figure sarong Sumba
£155.00 each Buy
Photo of our Shell dragon sarong Sumba
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Shell dragon sarong Sumba

A ceremonial "Lau hada" sarong (tube garment) in handspun and handwoven cotton dyed with a mud dye and decorated with tiny nassa shells. The garment is woven in two parts and sewn together.

The front half shows a dragon animal and various other animals.

A cloth like this may be given at a wedding to the bride's family.

The cloth is sewn into a tube.

 Unsewn size: 1.02 x 1.16 m

TT23 – Textile Treasures: Shell dragon sarong Sumba
£155.00 each Buy
Photo of our Sumatran gold shoulder cloth
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Sumatran gold shoulder cloth

A heavy hand woven piece covered in a supplementary weft of gold thread. Pieces like this are made in south Sumatra - particularly around Palembang, and worn to show the family wealth at ceremonies such as weddings. These days the gold thread comes from Japan.

Deep red background with dull gold thread.

Size: 33 x 150 cms plus 10 cms each end of fine goldwork lace.

TT6 – Textile Treasures: Sumatran gold shoulder cloth
£175.00 each Buy
Photo of our Ikat and songket weaving Sumba
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Ikat and songket weaving Sumba

An amazing weaving with two panels of songket weaving and a panel of ikat in the middle but the whole thing woven as one piece.

The songket panels show two rows of four figures  and the red ikat panel has four figures.

Made in western Sumba, an island of Indonesia where very fine traditional textiles are made.

Size: 53 cms. x 2.10 m

To find out more about Sumba, have a look at my blog on Sumba, Buffalo, Betel nut and bold, beautiful ikat

TT24 – Textile Treasures: Ikat and songket weaving Sumba
£175.00 each Buy

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