Journal

Rinse and repeat- testing Malay woven bangles

We love road testing our products! Our recent trip to Indonesia was the perfect occasion to test our Malay woven bangles. We wore them for the entire two weeks to see how tough these rattan works of art really are. Hand washing, swimming in chlorinated pools, salt water pools, ocean swimming, wave crashing, beaches, diving of boats, scorching sunshine, rinse and repeat. The results were quite astounding. No change in color, no change in size, dried reasonably quickly in between swims, no snags and they kept their shape.It seems the makers were correct indeed. Rattan is produced from a jungle...

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Exploring artisans and handicrafts in Laos

Common Texture was out on the road again last week scouting for handicraft gems. This time we went on a whirlwind tour of the Luang Prabang Province in Laos. Many types of hand-looming examples can be found here, specifically using an indigo dye in hand spun cotton. The master weavers use textiles to tell their living history, stories that would not be passed on if it wasn't for these depicted weaves. When purchasing a piece of woven art in Laos, don't get bogged down in the technical details, choose a composition that speaks to your heart, find out about the...

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Hunting blowpipes reinvented: the story behind our Malay woven bangles

Everything has a story 〰 our bangles certainly do. Handwoven by a small indigenous community in Malaysia, smaller versions of the bangles were originally reinforcement rings for blowpipes used for hunting. We love how lightweight they are! Available in sets of 3, they compliment just about any outfit. Choose your own set of handwoven bangles.    Handwoven Malay Bangles featured with a Common Texture Banana Fiber Clutch

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The Maker's Mark of Hand Block Printing

Block printing gives a product that one of a kind look. We love the natural irregularities, inevitable in handwork, that appear on the kantha print shown here on our pure linen pillowcases in earthy mustard turmeric. Call it a maker's mark! By choosing this traditional ancient craft we try to invigorate new generations of hand block printers. Three different prints are available in a range of beautiful linen color shades. Shop our pure linen hand block printed pillowcases.   

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Slow design and how we do it

For us slow design is a deliberate choice. It's our road map to get to an end product. We choose eco-friendly materials and try to reduce waste wherever possible, support local communities and collaborate with artisans to keep ancient crafts alive. You can read more about our slow design process on the Explore our Crafts page. We are proud to introduce our hand block printed linen placemat sets. Each one has been block printed by a skilled pair of hands on soft durable pure linen. Reversible dried lavender/charcoal placemat with dried lavender napkins Reversible stone/sand placemat with stone napkins Block...

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