Browsing articles in "East Asian Textiles"

Maiwa –

Jul 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Textile podcasts! Maiwa has a whole collection covering topics that include African Yoruba cloth, the science behind natural dyes and the history of the “cotton road”. The site also has information about the non-profit Maiwa foundation, the for-profit Maiwa stores, and a link to their workshops.

Festival Aprons at Tribal Trappings –

Jun 7, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Tribal Trappings (posted about here last summer) currently has a collection of brightly colored contemporary Hmong festival aprons for sale at their website. Most often bedecked with pom pom tassels, these small embroidered pieces (each approximately 20″ x 10″) are a party all by themselves. Above, a detail from an apron already sold.

Macan Tidur Textiles –

Nov 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

Visit the website of Macan Tidur Textiles for a glossy, well-curated “look book” of textiles from Sumatra, Java, Bali and beyond. Above, a sarong from South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Via Susi Johnston.

Ninxia Rug at Sandra Whitman –

Oct 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I find decorative arts of all kinds can have amazing power to re-shape, dislodge, and entirely shock my sense of time as an historical progression of the “old” leading to the “new”. The carpet above (shown in close-up) is a case in point. According to dealer Sandra Whitman it was made in China between 1723 and 1735. That means this very “new” looking carpet (replete with a simplified color palette, abstracted open field and streamlined border) was sitting in China decades before the U.S. Declaration of Independence or the French Revolution. That unwires my brain a bit.

Threads of Life –

Oct 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Self-described, Threads of Life is:

…a fair trade business that uses culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. The heirloom-quality textiles and baskets we commission are made with local materials and natural dyes. With the proceeds from the Threads of Life gallery, we help weavers to form independent cooperatives and to manage their resources sustainably.

The Ann Dunham Collection –

Aug 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. briefly served as the final stop for a national tour of the exhibition titled A Lady Found a Culture in its Cloth: Barack Obama’s Mother and Indonesian Batiks. Although the show is no longer on display you can still get a small taste of it here with NPR’s write-up, audio story and slide show on the exhibition.

The Loaded Trunk –

Aug 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A virtual trunk show awaits at The Loaded Trunk – !

via a helpful comment at The Style Files.

Pomegranate Textiles –

Aug 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

Another source for suzanis and ikats — as well as a few carpets.

Tribal Trappings –

Aug 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Holy smokes, tribal trappings is a good website! It has lots and lots – and lots – of textiles (keep looking for the “more” button at the bottom of each page, I missed that the first time around). There’s also  interesting / informative detail given about many of the different categories of textiles shown. I’m enamored with several of the Chinese pieces, in part because they’re really expanding my idea of what a “Chinese” textile might be.  The image above is a Chinese bridal blanket made by the Maonan ethnic group.

Marla Mallett –

Oct 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

I mentioned the website Marla Mallett back in March but it’s a site worth revisiting – so many beautiful textiles! The one above is a baby blanket from Guangxi China, 25″ x 26″. If I had an extra $385 to spend I’d frame it as a piece of art. Ah, a wall full of textiles, large and small — that’s the kind of art collection I’d love to develop some day (not that a few paintings mixed in would hurt).