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Incredible Ikat from Flores

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We have just been to Flores, an island in eastern Indonesia for the third time. We revisited some  villages and did a 3 day introduction to natural dyeing and ikat weaving in Maumere. This confirmed to me how amazing these ikat weavings are and just how much skill, patience and time goes into making them. Flores has always been famous for the beauty and intricacy of its ikat textiles. 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 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 forall kinds of shades from deep red to pale apricot. Here is a selection of what we brought back from our trips. Each one we sell ensures that we can continue to spend money with the weaving women who often use the money to pay for their kids to go to school.

Photo of our Narrow vintage ikat sample piece

Narrow vintage ikat sample piece

A chance to buy a textile treasure. A narrow hemmed band cut from an old traditional ikat sarong. The photos show some of our selections.

Size: 10 - 15 cms wide x approx 120/130 cms

Colours: deep rich browns, chestnut browns and burgundy reds with creams and pale sandy yellows.

IK08 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Narrow vintage ikat sample piece
£15.00 each Buy
Photo of our Soft vintage ikat scarf

Soft vintage ikat scarf

A lovely 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: 29 x 142 cms inc short fringes

Colours: Black, chestnut brown and beige

IK06 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Soft vintage ikat scarf
£19.50 each Buy
Photo of our Soft vintage scarf from Ende

Soft vintage scarf from Ende

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

Size: 25 x  140 cms (including short twisted fringes)

Colours: deep rich brown , burgundy and chestnut brown

IK07 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Soft vintage scarf from Ende
£25.50 each Buy
Photo of our Ikat wall hanging from N'Dona

Ikat wall hanging from N'Dona

A stunning ikat bought from the women of the ikat co-operative in N'Dona village near Ende. The women here work together to make and market their beatiful work which uses exclusively naturally dyed yarn.

Size: 27 x 145 (excluding fringe)

Colours: browns and indigos - beautiful dark blue borders with lovely variegated fringe

IK03 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Ikat wall hanging from N'Dona
£55.00 each Buy
Photo of our Fabulous hanging from N'Gela

Fabulous hanging from N'Gela

N'gela is a village on the southern coast of Flores which is incredibly difficult to reach down a long and very degraded road. In the end it was worth the trip! The women here make what I consider to be the best ikat in all of Flores. This beautiful naturally dyed piece could be used as a wall hanging or scarf

Size: 49 x 144 cms excluding fringe

Colours: deep brown, dark indigo and pale brown with lovely long rich brown fringes

IK02 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Fabulous hanging from N'Gela
£65.00 each Buy
Photo of our Naturally dyed wall hanging from N'Dona

Naturally dyed wall hanging from N'Dona

Beautiful fine ikat hanging we bought from a women's weavers co-operative near Ende in Flores. So good you'd have to put it on the 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.

IK16 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Naturally dyed wall hanging from N'Dona
£68.00 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. 

Size: 150 x 170 cms 

FI06 – Incredible Ikat from Flores: Mama Katerina's ceremonial indigo ikat
£350.00 each Buy

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