Indonesian Handwoven Cloth Sampler

Each sampler consists of seven handwoven fabrics, including two ikats, from communities throughout Indonesia who are working with Threads of Life. The fabric is naturally dyed, handspun and handwoven, and each piece of cloth is a beautiful example of traditional Indonesian textile practice. The sampler demonstrates a variety of techniques, from ikat to warp-wrapping, from different regions such as Flores or Sulawesi. Included in each sampler are two bobbins of indigo dyed cotton thread.

Use this sampler for mending, piecework, artwork, or simply inspiration. Each square piece of fabric measures 5" x 5".

Kristine and Adrienne visited Threads of Life in Indonesia to learn about plant-based mordanting techniques using symplocos, and dyeing with local plants while researching their second book on natural dyeing, Journeys in Natural Dyeing. Threads of Life partners with over 1,000 women in more than 35 cooperative groups on islands from Kalimantan to Timor, making field visits and engaging in commerce to help support Indonesian communities creating textiles.

Read more about natural dyeing and traditional textile production in Indonesia in Journeys in Natural Dyeing. Kristine and Adrienne include a section on the work that Threads of Life does in the book and look deeper at the steps used to mordant and dye with plants. Click here to purchase a copy of the book.