Textiil offers Indonesian and Malaysian batiks in a range of beautiful patterns and colors. Sold by the yard, finished for the table top, and as pillows, these textiles are lovingly shepherded from makers to US markets by the site’s globetrotting, jazz-loving founder.Pin It
When you encounter a textile website with such entries as “Let’s bring our attention to the Spanish Invasion of the Northern Philippines in the 16th Century” you know you’ve found something good. Above, a photo of pineapple fiber fabric in production – sold by THIS.Pin It
For the armchair traveler and textile enthusiast ClothRoads is both expert tour guide and bustling bazaar. Founded by five women with decades of commitment to the history, culture, and traditions of textile production, the site sells handmade items from around the globe; it also has a deeply informative blog. Above, villagers from Acopia Peru help illustrate the site’s story of cochineal red.Pin It
It would be hard to exaggerate the absolute perfection that is Soie de Lune. Born out of a partnership between Daniel Marcus and French designer Anou Thammavong, the company has reinvigorated the tradition of silk hand weaving in Laos with a range of patterns that can be fully customized to fit any and every requirement of color, scale, ply, and design. This year the company is also launching a line of durable machine-made fabrics that retain the spirit of the delicate silk originals, but at a greatly reduced cost. Their website doesn’t yet do the company justice, but their videos do give a peek at the intricacy and refinement of their production process. For purchase information click here.
On another note: A brief Winter Holiday will keep me away from all things digital until the middle of next week.Pin It
Several weeks ago I quietly debuted my new Dering Hall storefront; as of today I’m officially opening its (virtual) doors! The completing addition is the first batch in a collection of vintage Indo European batiks from the studio of IndoArts. These textiles are amazing works of both artistry and craftsmanship — and just like the other items represented, they combine color, texture and composition in captivating ways. So without further adieu, I’m happy to report that the Fibercopia storefront now includes products from:
I’m cheating a bit with this post. Really I should wait until the tantalizing “coming soon” message disappears from the textile page on Tucker Robbins’ website and is replaced with real-live items for purchase. In checking up on the page this evening, however, I encountered a great link to a 5/18 interview with Mr. Robbins — accompanied by several photographs of his private home, bedecked with textiles of course! Visuals aside, the outline of Robbins’ life story is well worth reading in and of itself.Pin It
The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. selected this textile laden painting by George Hendrik Breitner to highlight their current exhibition, “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard”. Running through May 6th, the show looks at the influence photography had on painters at the turn of the 20th century — in particular, seven painters who took photographs and also painted from them.”Girl in Red Kimono, Geesje Kwak” (shown cropped above) is deliciously rich with color, pattern, and cross-cultural juxtapositions: the European girl, the Japanese kimono, the ottoman carpet. The contrast of patterns speaks to the compositional power of textiles, both singularly and in combination.
Click here to see a cherry blossom kimono from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection.Pin It
The website of Boston’s Keiko Gallery provides an excellent portal into the work of over a dozen Japanese textile artists, including the multi-generational work of Katayama Bunzaburo — makers of traditional kimonos as well as very contemporary shibori scarves (pictured above). Click here for Keiko Gallery’s summary of the shibori technique and here for the World Shibori Network.
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