Posts Tagged ‘Natural dye’

Jan 16

An Ode to Indigo

This is what happens when two long-term fiber friends, who don’t see each other very often, get together–we talk natural dyes, especially indigo, and weaving. We utter the words of “remember when”, and “what is she doing now”, and talk about the wise ones who are no longer with us.→ Read more

Aug 01

Quilting + Block Print Fabric = Winning Combination for Indian Artisan

Our bags were already bursting and overweight. Shoes and well-worn clothes were being left behind. Why did our visit to the village of artisan Ramu Devraj Harijan in the Banni region of Kutch, India have to be at the tail end of our leaving this textile-rich region? Somehow we could→ Read more

Jun 13

ClothRoads Scarf of the Month: Ecuadorian Ikat Shawls

When you’re in the homeland of the traditional Ecuadorian ikat shawl, known as the macana, you must search it out–which is what I did on a recent trip. It quickly became my pick for the ClothRoads scarf of the month (I figured you wouldn’t mind that it’s a shawl). This→ Read more

May 16

From the Indigo Vat to Woven Cloth in Laos

Why is it every time I think of an indigo vat, the lyrics “Can’t you smell that smell?” pop out of my mouth? Assuredly, Lynyrd Skynyrd was not referring to indigo in his song. But here I was at the Lao-Japan Traditional Cultural Education Center in Vientiane and out it→ Read more

Sep 07

The Alchemy of Indigo

The smell wafts up from the handwoven, indigo-dyed cotton cloth as I’m ironing it. It’s an unmistakable odor—a little sweet, a little pungent. If you’ve dyed with indigo, you know this smell and you understand the magical, transformative process of this dye.→ 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

Apr 19

No Dry Cleaning Needed: Here’s How to Wash Handwoven Cloth

Naturally dyed silk→ Read more

Apr 06

Meet the Maker of the Indian Handwoven Silk Cloth

Sometimes one is lucky enough to meet the maker—I’m talking artisan-made cloth here.→ Read more

Mar 30

Ikat Weaving in Laos

My weft ikat weaving→ Read more

Feb 01

Hmong Batik Indigo Cloth

The smell of hot wax rises from the grass-covered hut every morning. A petite elderly woman, dressed in a traditional sarong, walks slowly down the stone-covered path, the Mekong river her backdrop. She carries a roll of hemp cloth, and once at the hut, she sets up her demonstration area→ Read more