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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.01.2010

Indigo Guys

[From Sundance Channel's documentary-style series, Man Shops Globe.]

[Selendang from Jambi, Rudolph Smend Collection via Selvedge issue 16.]
 
If you caught the first episode of Man Shops Globe's second season, you saw Anthropologie's buyer-at-large, Keith Johnson, and Shuktara founder and textile dealer, David Earp, shopping the markets of Thailand for textiles with their antennae out for indigo.

[Tai shaman's cloth, Laos circa 1900-1920 from the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection. Image via Hali, spring 2009.]


The show prompted me to post just a few more noteworthy examples of Southeast Asian textiles.

[Handspun cotton, mordant painting, hand-drawn batik, 18th century, Coromandel coast, India, for trade to Indonesia. National Gallery of Australia.]


Earp is based in Calcutta and known for working with Indian fabrics, so the episode's references to both Indian and Tai traditions reminded me of this post.  Click here for a glossary of Indonesian textile techniques.


Related reading: Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul.


John Robshaw Indigo Turban quilt from the fall 2010 line.

4 comments:

GB said...

I know I'm not the first person to say it, but isn't his JOB the coolest? Sigh.

Janet said...

Indigo is quite possibly the world's most perfect color. Happy red, white and BLUE to you!

Style Court said...

Thanks for noticing my oh-so obscure nod to red, white and blue :)

And yes GB, AMAZING job he has.

Pingos do Céu said...

The textile of the first photo is simply beautiful. Without doubt, a natural beauty!