Journal

We go bananas - everthing you need to know about banana fiber

We are so in love with our woven banana fiber bag range! We love the natural look, color, strength and durability that comes with hand weaving a product from a natural fiber.Another fact we love about the banana plant is that almost all parts of the plant are used. You can eat the fruit of course, but the flower, peel and stem are also edible. In South India the beautiful long leaves of the banana plant are used to serve food on during special celebrations such as weddings.The fibers from the outer skin of the stem, are made into rope...

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Lend me your ear! From Otzi the Iceman to wood earrings

One morning while threading my favorite pair of Common Texture wood earrings through the tiny hole in my ear I thought how amazing it was that the tradition of hanging jewellery from ones ear spans back over 5000 years, right back to the Egyptians and the uncovered Otzi the iceman, who was found with earrings. It got me thinking about my own ear piercing history.  I remember nagging my parents every year to get my ears perforated and finally at age 14 they relented and Mum took me to the local pharmacy to experience this new invention called an ear...

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Product With A Story - The Do Good Yoga Mat Bag

  The idea for our Do Good Yoga Mat Bag originated from the time us three co-founders were all living in India. You can't live in India without trying out some form of yoga right? So many kinds of yoga classes, so many ashrams, retreats, workshops and master classes to choose from. It was inevitable that one of the Common Texture team would be bitten by the bug.The second thing you can't avoid whilst residing in India, is textiles. Besides the regular stores we visited stalls outside of the commercial areas. Some shops were neatly constructed with stacks of folded...

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The ancient art of hand block printing and why we need to preserve this craft

During our stay in India we were surrounded by the most amazing textile arts, from weaving to silk painting and everything in between. The technique we really fell in love with was the traditional art of block print. Traditional block print technique   There was a lot of opportunity to participate in courses and workshops all over India, after we had a few under our belt, we were bitten by the bug. We toured block printing studios all over the country during the early stages of Common Texture. Block Print is a technique steeped in history that dates back to...

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Up Close And Personal With Pure Linen

    My favorite Common Texture product is our linen duvet cover, I have had so much fun mixing and matching all the color rich shades together. If you have trouble deciding on a color I recommend trying the reversible duvet cover, this gives you more options and half way through the season you can add a different set of hand block printed linen pillowcases to give it a lift.One of the things I love about our linen is the three dimensional feel of linen on the skin, like it is floating slightly above your body. Flax fibers are different...

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