In Zoucheng, our lovely guide took us to visit 3 families who were producing zha-ran, or stitch-resist tie-dye. Continue reading
Among pieces of tie-dye I had purchased in Arimatsu in Japan, were some pieces of indigo-dyed heavy cotton. I was fascinated with the small butterfly stitch-resist patterns, but despite scouring books on shibori techniques, I failed to find out how to create them myself. Continue reading
Laos is home to a large number of ethnic groups, many of whom still wear all or part of their colourful traditional dress, especially for festivals or weddings.
Recently I enjoyed browsing through the sumptuous kushutara brocades paraded down the catwalk at the Window to Woven Dreams fashion show held at the opening of the new Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Continue reading
I have Air Asia to thank for discovering this museum: they cancelled my onward connection Kuala Lumpur to Vientiane and gave me a whole day to fill in KL. Continue reading
Zoucheng, north of Dali in Yunnan, is home to a thriving community of artisans practising the art of zha-ran, a type of tie-dye. Continue reading
I was intrigued to find Bhutanese yathra-style jackets for sale in Kathmandu. Enquiring of the shopkeeper, I was told that they are woven further out in the Kathmandu valley by ethnic Nepalis, not Bhutanese immigrants.
Dhaka cloth can be woven with the pattern threads inlaid along with a ground weft thread, or only using only pattern threads in the weft, which produces an effect like tapestry. Continue reading
This weaver had set up outside a shop in the bus park at Burtibang, a transport hub town in western Nepal. Her loom set-up was very similar to the backstrap looms used in Bhutan, Continue reading