Archive for the ‘Indonesia’ Category

Dec 08

Artisans: Our Gift from Their Hands and Hearts

This is the season of slowing down, celebrating the holidays with family and friends, and gifting of presents made by you or artisans’ hands. Here at ClothRoads we honor the artisans who have made our lives better in so many ways. Over the past five years, we have shared stories→ Read more

Aug 17

A Textile Tour of Tribal Weaving in Indonesia

“The most exciting textile tour you are ever likely to find – the trip of a lifetime!” This is the lead sentence for the Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia that hooked me this past May. Did it hook you? Indonesia has been at the top of→ Read more

Jan 07

Textile Travel Wanderlust

Today’s mail arrived including a handful of travel catalogues. I do a quick flip through the pages to see if any of them include distant journeys with a remote chance of meeting textile artisans. I flag ones that may and put them aside to return to after finishing this blog.→ Read more

Jul 09

Natural Dyes: Lac

Our summer of naturally-dyed reds continues with an investigation of another scale insect. Let’s follow the trail of natural dyes to lac in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Thailand and Laos.→ Read more

Apr 09

Beyond Armchair Travel: Textile Travel Resource

I grew up reading the seven-volume set of Lands and People, literally armchair traveling. These encyclopedic, visually rich books whetted my travel appetite when young and daydreaming was my only option. After college, my days were filled with fiber-related goodness but owning a retail store didn’t allow for international travel.→ Read more

Sep 23

A Traditional Rattan Basket Carries a Load

Only skillful artisans can weave baskets made of rattan strips, designed with bold motifs, and continue to sustain their forests and traditions. The artisans of the Dayak Benuaq, a subtribe of Dayak who live in West Kutai, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, are that skilled. Currently, about 75 artisans from the Eheng→ Read more

Jul 24

The Splendors of the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

Last week we returned from the yearly “pilgrimage” to the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. This year’s market felt especially fresh, mostly attributable to a third of the artisans being first-timers which meant new textile treats and new friends. Imagine these new artisans being in the U.S. for the first→ Read more

Jun 25

100% Natural Anjat Basket: Hand Woven Rattan with Natural Dyes

Without fail, the most common asked question to an artisan or maker, is “How long did it take you to make that?” In the case of this Anjat basket which is handwoven and naturally-dyed from the bast fiber rattan, the answer would depend on whether it includes the growing and→ Read more

Sep 05

Fooled by Ikat

“Fool me once” or “I am a fool for ikat”. Both statements about me are true. In April, I was in Ecuador searching for some traditional ikat. This particular day, we were in the region where traditional ikat was still being woven; we just hadn’t seen the real deal yet→ Read more

Jun 12

Ikat Maestros: Indonesian Textile Artisans

“I remembered what my father always said: ‘Never leave the land of your great grandfathers, and develop it for a good cause,” Alfonsa Horeng recalls. “That local wisdom was what convinced me to leave my career in the big city of Surabaya and return home to develop Flores”. And developing→ Read more

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