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Traditional artisan handicrafts from Thailand - Chiang Mai Crafts Fair

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    Last week Common Texture traveled to Thailand to attend the Chiang Mai Crafts Fair. The spectacular weather was a great back drop for all that was on offer in this laid back city. The traditional craft of indigo dyeing First up were these lovely intricate indigo pieces. We captured the typical fabric dyeing technique used here called resist dye in indigo. Popular with women in hill tribe villages in Northern Thailand. This technique is like a fusion of block print discharge dyeing and Batik free hand patterns.The pattern seen in the video will eventually be the white sections...

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Visiting Sarawak and its handicrafts: from beading to weaving and everything in between

Songket weaver. Sarawak, Malaysia.   Common Texture took a whirlwind trip to Sarawak, a Malaysian state located in the northwestern part of Borneo Island. Its population is diverse, comprising of many races and ethnic groups and has more than 40 sub-ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle. You can imagine our joy whilst discovering this handicraft haven. From beading to weaving and everything in between. It was amazing to meet some Kuching locals that are very enthusiastic about keeping these diverse cultural traditions alive for future generations. One group we met had started up a weaving...

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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

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Common Texture was out on the road again last week scouting for handicraft gems. Laos is known for many traditional crafts such as wood carving, silverwork and basket and mat making. Of all the traditional crafts in Laos, woven and embroidered textiles are undoubtedly the most popular. This made us decide to go on a whirlwind tour of the northern Luang Prabang province. Not only is the town of Luang Prabang listed as a UNESCO-World Heritage Site, many types of hand-looming examples can be found here too, specifically using an indigo dye in hand spun cotton. The master weavers use...

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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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