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Mekong Blue –

Sep 4, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I’ve been so consumed by the highs and lows of presidential politics recently that the wonderful world of textiles has fallen by the wayside. But now I’m craving some relief!

The NPR show Marketplace aired a story about a silk production company in Cambodia – Mekong Blue – earlier this week. I can’t say I’m in love with the products shown on their website but they look like a great source for custom production and they’re certainly a good addition to any list of textile companies focusing on fair trade, positive rural development, etc.

Creations Metaphores –

Jul 25, 2008 | Leave a Comment

A perfect new fabric from Creations Metaphores for the start of a weekend at/near the beach. The far out wave pattern was inspired by 19th century paintings of Katsushika Hokusai. I’m always interested to see the translation / transformation of something old into something new — especially across cultures and centuries.

One World Textiles –

Jun 1, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Rather shocking I haven’t come upon this website any sooner…

Kesi Tapestry –

Mar 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

I came across a new bit of textile vocabulary this afternoon – the word “kesi”. The online Encyclopedia Britannica has this entry for the word: Chinese silk tapestry woven in a pictorial design. The designation kesi, which means “cut silk,” derives from the visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of colour. The example above is from Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum website. For me this fragment reiterates how difficult (or impossible) it is to form any mental grasp on the scope and dynamism of human history. If asked to guess a time period for this piece I would never come up with Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD, as stated by the Heritage Museum site). If asked to guess an origin I would never come up with China.

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part III (of 3) –

Feb 20, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I’ve just returned from sunny Seattle to rainy San Francisco (fancy that!) and would like to dedicate one more post to the wares seen at the show here ten days ago. Above is one of the contemporary batiks sold through Indo Arts, Inc. here in the Bay Area. I’ve met the owner once before and he’s extremely personable. He used to have a storefront in San Francisco but is now exclusively north of the Golden Gate bridge. Regarding overall price range, he said I could get something starting at $40 — and could purchase a “really good piece” for $300 or so. (Is this where my anticipated tax refund is destined?) In addition, His website shows a sampling of the many finer, and considerably more expensive, antique batiks he carries. I have a lot more to learn about the craft but one thing I really like about the batiks I saw at his booth was purely tactile: the cotton is very flat – somewhat thin – but also very dense, not at all flimsy. I don’t think I’m imagining it when I remember them as a bit cool to the touch, similar to the feeling of chintz.

Red Robes –

Nov 10, 2007 | Leave a Comment

While the stories coming out of Burma / Myanmar for a short time six weeks ago were harrowing, the photos also caught my attention from a purely visual standpoint: color + fabric combined to communicate culture, religion and a cry for justice. Our own American culture is so fragmented, and clothing is so often used as an expression of fashion only – rather than belief – that photos like this speak to a collective unity of purpose that is largely unfamiliar to me. Irregardless, the images have inspired me to continue a look out for “textiles in the news” for future posts.

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