Getting Organized

Pochette-Color-Block-Orange-Emmanuelle Milani

if you’re like me who tend to collect bits and pieces of paper, magazine cut out, a funny comic strip, tickets to museums, bus tickets, receipts, business cards and notes… in my bag… then a pochette like this would be really useful. don’t you think?

Then and Now

Last weekend, we drove to Orange to see one of the three well-preserved theaters of the ancient roman empire. We were treated to an impromptu show as two fellow tourists started singing, giving us a chance to appreciate the theater’s great acoustics.

(Fun fact: This would be the view of the ancient city’s lower class. The closer one was to the stage, the higher was one’s position in society.)

And this is where they would have entered, after a hike up the hill on a pathway of cobbled stones. (We chanced upon this entrance coming down from what is now the city’s park.)

 

Visiting the museum next door, reminded me of the rich history of textiles in the region, from silk, to wax prints of the indies, to blue jeans.

The textile room, called such for the murals that showed snapshots of the different workshops of a textile company. Here the women are filling in the patterns with colors by hand.

But what really called my attention was how the textiles were given the finishing touches during that time. It reminded me of the same process being carried out up to now by one of the weaving communities I work with.

Pretty cool, don’t you think?

 

Inspiration & Ideas: Norens

I have been exploring the ideas of a collection of Norens these past few days.

They’re a great way to add a character to a room and easily create partitions in a tiny apartment. Don’t you just love them?

Source: apartmenttherapy.com via Soraya on Pinterest

 

Source: kioskkiosk.com via Mollie on Pinterest

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Source: handeyemagazine.com via Polly on Pinterest

Beautiful aren’t they?

Ikat Giveaway!!

Do you love Ikat and handwoven, natural textiles?? Well, here’s a chance to get to your hands on some. We’re giving away a half meter of this lovely handwoven ikat textile to a lucky creative at the end of May.

Here’s how to join:

If you haven’t yet, go visit our Facebook page, and click on the Like button, then share this photo on your Facebook wall and tell us what you would do with the half meter of textile (don’t forget to tag Textiles Co. so we’ll be able to add your name in the raffle draw). Good luck!!!

In the works: Recycled Textiles

This is a picture of Boltanski’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2010. (I love his work!) I wish I knew how he got hold of all these clothes. Or I wish I had gotten hold of them after the exhibit. You see, I am currently working out a partnership to develop waste textiles and old clothes into new handwoven textiles for new designs and creations. Watch out for this collection sometime this year. If you have any particular interests, don’t hesitate to let me know.

From Trunk to Textile

The T’nalak is one of the most ecological textile one can find. Fibers are hand drawn from trunks of the Abaca Plant and hand-stripped using simple tools such as a blade. The fibers are then connected one by one to prepare them for dyeing, then weaving. But before they are dyed, the designs have to be set up first. Depending on the number of colors, and intricacy of the designs, the fibers are laid on a frame, knotted, dyed, then set up again.

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Weaving is done through a back-strap loom. One end is attached to a wall or a pole while the other end is anchored on the weaver’s lower back. Her legs are outstretched in front of her, providing the needed tension. The weaver becomes one with the loom and extends herself in each textile she makes.

Once the textile is woven, it is first beaten to make the fibers finer and more supple. Then it is ironed using a shell with a bamboo pole providing the tension. This makes the textile smooth and shiny. Preparing the fibers, to weaving a roll of T’nalak can reach up to 3 months.
The women have also rediscovered the value and the range of natural dyes. Aside from the characteristic colors of the T’nalak, black, red and natural abaca colors, they have expanded their color range through continuous experimentation. Explore some of the new colors in the Gallery.