Of course we love everything we put onto our website, but we do have our favourites.
So here is a small selection of a dozen or so of our very favourite textiles (and other things!)
They are all one offs - so once they're sold... that's it!
A genuine vintage stamped batik about 50 - 70 years old dyed using natural dyes (indigo blue and soga brown)
The design includes Garuda eagle's wings, rice spirit houses, and stylised mountain designs with flames atop - possibly representative of Mount Merapi the active volcano which dominates the landscape around Central Java.
Very good condition apart from a stitched repair and tear along one hem.
Colours: Ivory, palest yellow and indigo blue.
Back in stock again! this is one of my favourite designs.
This lovely thick cotton is printed and indigo dyed in Northern Thailand. Suitable for jackets, cushions, curtains, and general upholstery.
Shoals of tiny pale blue fish in waves of pattern across a dark blue background.
The width is 112 cms.
A stunning and sumptuous heavily gilded cloth which would be displayed as a hanging and backdrop at a traditional Javanese wedding or other special family ceremony. But great to use as a centrepiece or above a bed.
Available with a teal (greeny-blue turquoise) or a shiny mid blue background with golden brown Garuda eagles wings and other auspicious motifs suitable for wishing the bridal couple health and happiness..
A whole piece measuring 2.25 x 1m.
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
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
A wonderful cotton pleated skirt from the Miao minority women of Guizhou province in south western China. The skirt panel is all hand drawn batik with a blue cotton waistband (11 cms wide)
Natural indigo in pale and dark blues
Measurements: Skirt length 46 cms. Waist 89 cms
A wonderful piece of weaving and beadwork made into a totally hand stitched woman's tunic top. From Kachin state in northern Burma.
Very fine brocade hand weave with 16 cowrie shell flower decorations and an intricate network of tiny black beads front and back.
Length 40 cms. Width underarms 52 cms.
A wonderful hand drawn batik "slendang" or shoulder cloth from the village of Kerek in northern Java - one of the few places left where batik is still made on handwoven cotton. The cotton and the indigo dye plants are grown around the village and the wax is made from local bees.
A few of the older village women still spin, weave, dye and batik the cotton to produce amazing pieces of folk textile art like this. A piece like this is made to wear or carry goods. Strong hardwearing cotton with a design of cotton flowers with decorative borders.
Size: 2 metres x 45 cms (including fringe)
For one more indigo batik from Kerek, have a look here.
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
This is a really beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.
Extra large size: 2.85 m x 1.15 m (including fringes)
A deep apricot background with a diamond patterned border on one end.
Woven band on each end.
A wonderful pictoral traditional ikat weaving from the Waikabubuk region where the famous pasola horse racing and fighting events take place. It has beautifully drawn designs of horsemen, dancing figures, cockerels, crocodiles, leopards, bulls, buffalos and traditional Sumbanese houses.
This would look amazing displayed on a large wall, table or bed and you could spend hours looking at it. An amazing piece of textile art and a very skilled piece of design and tying.
Size: 3.2 m x 120 cms (including fringes)
A short dress or long tunic using our Japanese carp design indigo print. The sleeves can be worn down or caught up with a button and tab as shown.
Click on the photo for more detailed photos of this garment.
This tunic is available in M/L and L/XL. Let us know in the Comments when you order, which size you would like.
Measurements: Bust - M/L 124 cms and L/XL 142 cms. Length (nape to back hem) 82 cms. Sleeve from neck to cuff 67 cms. Around bottom hem 150 cms.
We also sell Thai indigo fabrics
A beautiful and totally unique lined long coat made from traditional embroideries and batik, with 3 covered buttons, two side pockets and side slits. Made in northern Thailand
Colours: Dark blue batiked cotton with long front and back panels of purple and blue hand stitched embroidery and applique.
Measurements: Length (nape to back hem) 114 cms. Back underarms 58 cms. From collar seam to cuff 68 cms
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