Textiles We Source

 

We source our textiles from artisans all over the world. The current collections are from Mali, Côte d'Ivoire and Uzbekistan. We focus on handmade and hand dyed textiles. Each type of textile tells a story about the community that made them.

Mudcloths

These incredible textiles are made by highly skilled artisans from Mali. The process of creation is a fascinating and complex one.

The ground cloth is made up of thin woven strips, which are woven by hand using a very narrow loom and are then stitched together to make a larger piece of cloth. To create the pattern the artisans use two different methods. The first method, generally used on white cloths, is hand printing using traditional block prints or stencils.

The second, a more complex method, is used to create the striking black cloths. A natural mud pigment is mixed up using local resources and a resist is applied to the ground cloth. Over the course of three weeks the organic cotton cloth is dipped and washed multiple times, forming layers of different dyes. The final results are sensational examples of hand making traditional techniques.

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West African Ikats

The Baule's textiles are amongst my absolute favourite textiles in the world. The intricacies, the quality of the pigments and the creativity applied to make their patterns is stunning.

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Central Asian Ikats

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These striking textiles are made by hand in Uzbekistan. The colours range used by the artisans is diverse. We love the vibrant saturated colours ikat's fibres carries. Made with 70%silk and 30% cotton they have a diverse array of purposes.

The warp threads are hand dyed using a resist dying process whereby the yarn is bound and then dipped into a dye bath. Multiple times is there is more then one colour in the finished design.

Our collection of small accessories was born because they are just so special we couldn't bear wasting the offcuts from projects we have worked on with interior designers.

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