Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016



[Detail, Trade Textile (Tapih Sarasa), 1750-1800, Mordant- and wax resist-dyed cotton, Costume Council Fund (AC1996.60.1) LACMA's Costume and Textiles Department. Although not currently on view, this textile is included in Fabric of Enchantment: Batik from the North Coast of Java. LACMA and Weatherhill, Inc. 1996]

For the batik lover, I've pulled two books from past posts and one new addition from my personal wishlist.

A luxe present would be all three:

LACMA's Fabric of Enchantment: Batik from the North Coast of Java;

Sari to Sarong: 500 years of Indian and Indonesian textile exchange (in paperback here)

and Batik: 75 Selected Masterpieces

An alternative could be one book plus a date to visit a museum with a strong costume and textiles department, like LACMA, the Mint, the de Young, or of course the V & A.

[Paper images via the V & A]

Moving from women’s hip wrappers (another description for sarong seen throughout these books) to holiday wrap, the V & A is offering this terrific double-sided Snow and Stripe paper based in part on a furnishing fabric in the Museum's collection -- the 1938 hand block-printed linen, Pointed Pip, by British designer Phyllis Barron. Rhythmic geometrics are typical of her work, and considering her interest in craft (in fact, Barron designed paper too), I think this is one of the most inspired Museum gift shop wares I've seen in a while.

The V & A also sells linen ribbon.


Laura Casey Interiors said...

I don't think they could be any more gorgeous, especially the top. You know how I love resist-dyed- so beautiful!! yeah for linen ribbon as well.

Style Court said...

Laura -- glad you like them! I wish the paper was sold in the U.S.