Using Natural Dyes in the Ikat Textile

Visiting the textile villages of Eastern Flores Indonesia is really best done, as there is only a small local ferry system in this area visiting just a few ports.  A number of villages can be visited that are clustered on the various islands where dyeing, spinning, and weaving cotton fibers is still done with dyes…

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You Are What You Wear

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner is “a psychologist who analyzes closets” makes girls “think more deeply about the patterns surrounding the way they dress. Baumgartner is trying to make connections between clothing and state of mind. “Our clothing is a reflection of what we are thinking and what we are feeling. Often, wardrobe mishaps are simply our…

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HOW TO CARE FOR LEATHER BAGS

A leather bag is a special, near-universally beloved object, appreciated in equal measure by bon-vivants of both sexes, who cherish the supple hand, understated burnish and heady smell that can only emanate from premium quality skin. Leather bags are organic artefacts, and as lustrous as your new purchases may be, they will, when left to…

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HISTORY OF VARIOUS ETHNIC TEXTILES IN INDONESIA

  Indigenous woven cloth is a gloriously rich component of Indonesia’s cultural heritage. The island archipelago is vast, encompassing more than three hundred ethnic groups, each of which has a distinct textile heritage. Few areas on the earth’s surface can boast such a splendid diversity of textile design, technique and color. In previous century, before…

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