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.