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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!

Photo of our Vintage Javanese Batik - Sacred Mountain Design
NewFavourite(in Fabrics: Vintage Javanese Batik)

Vintage Javanese Batik - Sacred Mountain Design

A wonderful vintage batik cloth which has been dyed using natural dyes. 60 - 70 years old. 

The design is one of the dozens of "semen"  designs which feature  dense and intricate floral designs. This one features both single birds and pairs of birds and laden rice stalks - all symbols denoting fecundity and strong fertility.

It could have been worn particularly at a rice blessing ceremony or at a wedding or birth,. 

Very good condition. The background colour is ivory with pale honey brown , black and touches of indigo blue.

V9 – Vintage Javanese Batik: Vintage Javanese Batik - Sacred Mountain Design
£50.00 each Buy
Photo of our Vintage Javanese Batik - Flaming Volcano Design
NewFavourite(in Fabrics: Vintage Javanese Batik)

Vintage Javanese Batik - Flaming Volcano Design

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.

V15 – Vintage Javanese Batik: Vintage Javanese Batik - Flaming Volcano Design
£50.00 each Buy
Photo of our Sumptuous Royal Wedding Cloth
Favourite(in Fabrics: Wedding Cloth from Java)

Sumptuous Royal Wedding Cloth

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. 

WED5 – Wedding Cloth from Java: Sumptuous Royal Wedding Cloth
£55.00 each Buy
Photo of our Black H'mong embroidered fringed sash
Favourite(in Collectable Textiles: Textile Treasures)

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 Ikat and songket weaving Sumba
Favourite(in Collectable Textiles: Textile Treasures)

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
Photo of our Dark Indigo pleated batik skirt
Favourite(in Collectable Textiles: Tribal Costume)

Dark Indigo pleated batik skirt

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

TC9 – Tribal Costume: Dark Indigo pleated batik skirt
£115.00 each Buy
Photo of our Kachin beaded tunic
Favourite(in Collectable Textiles: Tribal Costume)

Kachin beaded tunic

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.

TC15 – Tribal Costume: Kachin beaded tunic
£155.00 each Buy
Photo of our Cotton flower indigo batik
NewFavourite(in Collectable Textiles: Indigo textiles)

Cotton flower indigo batik

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.

IT5 – Indigo textiles: Cotton flower indigo batik
£95.00 each Buy
Photo of our Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat
Favourite(in Collectable Textiles: Indigo textiles)

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

IT13 – Indigo textiles: Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat
£350.00 each Buy
Photo of our Miao embroidered coat
NewFavourite(in Clothes and Accessories: Jackets)

Miao embroidered coat

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

GAR15 – Jackets: Miao embroidered coat
£135.00 each Buy
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