Tag: indonesian textiles

FALLING IN LOVE WITH WEST SUMBA IKAT TRADITIONAL TEXTILES

FALLING IN LOVE WITH WEST SUMBA IKAT TRADITIONAL TEXTILES

T The Indonesian, PRECIOUS SUMBANESE MAMULI   The first time I saw Mamuli Earrings, was In Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum Paris many years ago, where they display hundreds of Indonesian Antique Ethnic earrings, where some of them are no longer to be seen in…

MEMORIES OF ROTE NDAO, FROM A VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2016

MEMORIES OF ROTE NDAO, FROM A VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2016

My lovely friend Olvira Ballo, who also the Program Manager of our small charity, Connect Indonesia (www.connectindonesia.org), is originated from Rote island. Olvira (I call her Ira) is a Rote girl through and through, she loves this island so much and very proud of her…

WE HAVE BEEN TAKING TOO MUCH FROM MOTHER EARTH, IT IS TIME TO PUT SOMETHING BACK

WE HAVE BEEN TAKING TOO MUCH FROM MOTHER EARTH, IT IS TIME TO PUT SOMETHING BACK

KAMPUNG PALUE, FLORES, 3 March 2020. JOINING THE PALUE WEAVERS/ENVIRONMENTALISTS OF FLORES, INDONESIA TO SAVE THE PLANET. For years, the Earth was begging for us to behave ourselves, just a little. It gave us loads of signs of unhappiness but showing extreme signs, but we…

WELCOME TO TAKPALA TRADITIONAL VILLAGE IN ALOR ISLAND, EAST NUSA TENGGARA

WELCOME TO TAKPALA TRADITIONAL VILLAGE IN ALOR ISLAND, EAST NUSA TENGGARA

Looking back at my visit to Alor in 2016, really, it was too short. We were there only for 2 days, one of which spent with a weavers’ group near Kalabahi, learning about Alor’s natural dye processes. Luckily, we were able to spend the rest…

WHEN EAST MEET WEST. THE PERFECT MARRIAGE BETWEEN HEIRLOOMS FROM THE UK AND INDONESIA.

WHEN EAST MEET WEST. THE PERFECT MARRIAGE BETWEEN HEIRLOOMS FROM THE UK AND INDONESIA.

A few years ago, I was given two beautiful old 1950’s Parker Knoll chairs by my mother-in-law, chairs which hold amazing memories of family get-togethers at her home. These two chairs were covered with loose covers, made from gorgeous English floral fabrics, but the fabric…

MAGNIFICENT EAST SUMBA TEXTILES FOR OUR HOMES

MAGNIFICENT EAST SUMBA TEXTILES FOR OUR HOMES

This beautiful room divider is made from varieties of handwoven East Sumba ikat textiles with Hinggi motifs. Hinggi designs involved ikat processes (tie resist dye process), where the yarns are designed with desired motifs then tied to prevent unwanted dies to penetrate through the protected…

A day with Weavers of Nggela, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

A day with Weavers of Nggela, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Last year, we spent a day with the weavers of Nggela, Flores and learned so much about their culture and local tradition there. The distinctive earthy colours of their Ikat textiles were truly magnificent and the complex processes and elaborate designs, so unique and distinctive…

The Sotis Handwoven Textiles from South Central Timor

The Sotis Handwoven Textiles from South Central Timor

The province of East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur, or NTT) is located at the Southern corner of the Indonesian Archipelago, a region that I have visited the most in the past 7 years. NTT is home to some of the most vibrant and exquisite…