Style Court

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

7.12.2010

Sarong to Table

[Above, detail view, and below, full view: Skirt (lipa songke jok), cotton, indigo (natural dye) base with small multi-colored geometric forms in field and headpanel, mid 20th century, Indonesia. National Gallery of Australia collection.]



I was flipping through Sara Bliss' book, Exotic Style, when I paused to read tips from John Robshaw listed alongside a photo of textile-strewn green park benches partnered with a big rustic table set up for a meal inside a weathered blue-gray East Coast American barn.

[Photo by Bill Geddes from Exotic Style. Click to enlarge.]

Some of the fabrics shown here are Robshaw's designs and others are from his antique textile collection. 


Although there's no tablecloth in this vignette, Robshaw tells Bliss that the washable cotton sarongs worn by locals in Indonesia are the perfect size for a smaller, classically-scaled table. That got me thinking (again!) about the large Indonesian textile collection owned by the National Gallery of Australia, and the deep-blue island floral Kelly Robson chose for her wedding reception. I started envisioning reproductions of the old indigo cloth shown at top used on tables for an end-of-summer party.

From far away, it reads as navy and off-white but a closer view shows intricate detail and little hits of pinkish-purple. If I did own a similar cloth, I'd photocopy it to make my own decorative paper for random projects and, on a dining table, pair it with bowls of green hydrangeas tinged with lavender. So today, instead of a plain 'textile of the day,'  I'm doing a fabric-flower combo.  Hope you find the dark blue-green mix rich yet refreshingly cool.


Related : Sarongs, Batiks, and More Summer Reading 

8 comments:

blydesign said...

lovely post:)

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Love that idea of sarong to table. The photo from Exotic Style is so easy and pretty at the same time. Love the pineapple in there!

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

My favorite style court topic, textiles. You can never have enough textiles, so much inspiration and so many uses!

TERI REES WANG said...

I have been known to drape sarong and bed sheet both, across a table top...
together.

Cheers!

The Peak of Chic said...

Refreshingly cool indeed! Love your idea of photocopying your own decorative paper.

Shannon Morris (Georgia College Curator) said...

Further evidence that everything goes well with hydrangeas.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD said...

I've been known to buy table runners made of imported ethnic fabrics to wear as shawls. Perfect size and usually much cheaper than if it was sold as wearable art.

Susi Johnston said...

Great inspirations here for bringing vintage and ethnic textiles into the home. The NGA textile you show is from a particular district on the island of Flores. I have several vintage pieces of this type in my inventory. And they are still woven on the island (although with a bit less finesse than in the past). Beautiful indigo . . .