Category Archives: Indonesia

The Magical Geringsing Cloth of Bali

There is a technique of weaving that is only created in a few places in the world. You could say it is endangered; a process that is time-consuming in an unimaginable way. The fabled ‘double’ Ikat. The process of tied … Continue reading

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Selvedge Magazine Publishes ‘The Ring Of Fire’ – Article about Indonesian Textiles

I am very pleased to share my epic article written for Selvedge Magazine about my textile travels in Indonesia. The title ‘Ring Of Fire’ is taken from (and a homage to) the mind blowing documentary series by brothers Lawrence and … Continue reading

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The spectrum of the Songket

To continue the Indonesian theme my favourite new discovery is the Songket. A traditional ceremonial cloth woven in Bali and a few other parts of Indonesia. These are incredible cloths…in some ways very contemporary and graphic. Typically they have mad, … Continue reading

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Yellow Silver Snappers, a Sumbawa sunset and an unexpected main course…

There are certain experiences that evolve naturally and by surprise; they appear on the horizon and slowly come into focus to become extraordinary. It was such a moment when in Indonesia on a wooden sailing ship called the Jaya it … Continue reading

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Indonesian Batiks….

A visual feast of Batik specials photographed in Bali….

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Batik – The Megamendung from Cirebon

The greatest revelation of my trip to Indonesia was the discovery of Batik. I mean proper, serious elegant Batik; unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before. I had always slightly dismissed Batik as just too hippy and messy for my … Continue reading

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Wera – The weaving and boatbuilding village on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia

One of several special textile moments on my trip. We dropped anchor on the northern edge of the island Sumbawa to explore a rumor we had heard about this boat-building/weaving village called Wera. Sure enough the wooden boats, mid construction, … Continue reading

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Introducing The Jaya – Is the earth really flat?

After the Balinese blessing I was invited along on the honeymoon along with 1o other people. This was no ordinary honeymoon but a Wicked Diving trip. The fabulous Paul Land orchestrated the most wonderful trip imaginable for 10 days on … Continue reading

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The Balinese Blessing

There are certain experiences in life that simply explode with colour and emotion. The greenest rice paddy field you have ever seen punctuated with burning torches. A blood-red carpet scattered with rose petals. The perfect white-yellow smudge of a Frangipani … Continue reading

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Indonesian Flower Spectrum

In the Komodo National park there are, as expected, large lazy dragons slouching in the shadows. Their forked tongues slipping silently out of their mouths. A stillness hovers in the midday sun. But as I look up above my head … Continue reading

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