Contact us with any questions, we'd be happy to help

Name *
Name
           

123 Street Avenue, City Town, 99999

(123) 555-6789

email@address.com

 

You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.
Link to read me page with more information.

Journal

We are Common Texture, an online slow fashion brand fusing traditional artisan crafts from around the globe with unique contemporary designs.

Testing testing 123

Common Texture

We love road testing our products! Our recent trip to Indonesia was the perfect occasion to test our Malay 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.

Test Malay Bangles.jpg
IMG_20171022_114605.jpg

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 vine, which is constantly wet and dried, which makes it super durable. We loved wearing our bangles and got lots of compliments along the way too!

We have a limited stock available now, choose your unique set here.  

Back from Sarawak

Common Texture

Songket weaver. Sarawak, Malaysia.

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. So 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 dream factory, specializing in Songket weaves. It was great to see these fantastic looms in operation and a younger generation mastering the complex math which is needed to create such intricate cloth. Each piece can take up to 3 months to complete.

Display of woven rattan plates and baskets

Display of woven rattan plates and baskets

We also saw a fantastic display of rattan crafts, plaited and woven mats, baskets and bangles. Our local friend says she can tell by eye which piece has come from each community, depending on the pattern or the material they use. Extensive travels through the wilds of Borneo to remote villages has honed her eye for the fine details in such crafts.

A lot of these handicrafts are used on a daily basis in the rural villages. A small supply to the local craft shop gives these isolated communities a little exposure and income which is mostly put towards youth education. We were lucky enough to meet Aseley from Ba Selulong and Jenny from Long Meraan, they weave and plait lovely bangles out of rattan. Rattan is a vine that only grows within the forest environment, the communities are very mindful when harvesting this resource to maintain its sustainability. These young women were very modest about their skills which they have been practicing since they were young. Jenny told us 'the elder women in the village teach us so we can teach our children and our skills will not be lost’.

We were also treated to another form of weaving found in this district, which is the art of Ikat. A trip to a local gallery found us looking at examples of this textile dating back 200 years. Yet another complicated process which involves tie and dye of the yarn into a selected pattern then weaving on a back tension loom. We also discovered an amazing selection of beads in this gallery. The trading of beads from all over the world goes way back in this part of the world and amazing pieces were then produced and then traded as jewellery.

Preparing the yarn

Preparing the yarn

Dye silk

Dye silk

Ikat weaver working on a back tension loom in Sarawak, Malaysia

Ikat weaver working on a back tension loom in Sarawak, Malaysia

Once you start digging into the handicrafts in this part of the world, you will be amazed at the things you can discover and opportunities to learn these techniques also exist. There seems to be many exhibitions, workshops and symposiums held annually in the city of Kuching. We had a lovely time amongst the friendliest people that showed us endless hospitality.

Shop our Malay Bangles

Exploring Laos

Common Texture

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.

IMG_20170923_103919.jpg
IMG_20170923_153557.jpg
IMG_20170923_142708.jpg

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 weaver and how long it took to produce. If you are going to hang it, you can also find the special wooden wall holders to display the master piece you have chosen in your home. If you approach the intricate fabrics like choosing art, you can't go wrong. Having a tale to tell of that fabulous journey into the lush green hills of Luang Prabang. Let's see what we find next.

Read more about our other crafts here.

Woman master weaver working a handloom - Luang Prabang Province, Laos

Woman master weaver working a handloom - Luang Prabang Province, Laos

Product with a story

Common Texture

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! Sold in sets of 3, they compliment just about any outfit.

To pick up a set click here >> https://commontexture.com/bangles

Handwoven Malay Bangles featured with a Common Texture Banana Fiber Clutch

Handwoven Malay Bangles featured with a Common Texture Banana Fiber Clutch

A Maker's Mark

Common Texture

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 linen pillowcases. Call it a maker's mark! By choosing this ancient craft we try to invigorate new generations of hand block printers. Three different prints are available in a range of beautiful linen colors. You can shop our block print range here: http://bit.ly/2qA5p2T

Slow Design

Common Texture

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.

We are proud to introduce our table linen sets. Each one has been block printed by a skilled pair of hands and made from durable pure linen 🌿.

Reversible dried lavender/charcoal placemat with dried lavender napkins

Reversible dried lavender/charcoal placemat with dried lavender napkins

Reversible stone/sand placemat with stone napkins

Reversible stone/sand placemat with stone napkins

Block printing one piece at a time

Block printing one piece at a time

The Handmade Pop-Up

Common Texture

We are super excited to announce that we will be part of The Handmade Pop-Up, a curated online market featuring handcrafted goods from artists and artisans around the world.

Follow us on our Instagram or Facebook accounts where we will be sharing some sneak peeks over the next few weeks and for now: Save the Date May 1-15!

We go bananas

Common Texture

We are so in love with our banana fiber 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 that can be used as a natural thread for handicraft. The case for our cross body bag, clutch and big carryall is handwoven with this natural thread.  Our carryall bag uses 100 meters of hand rolled rope and takes 3 days to complete! Our weavers are part of a small cooperative of women in rural South India. The focus of the cooperative is improving the living conditions for women and rope makers in the village, as well as education for them and their children. The cooperative is entirely sustained by the sales of their products. See our range of handwoven banana fiber products.

Banana bunch almost ready for harvesting

Banana bunch almost ready for harvesting

Long and beautiful banana plant leaves

Long and beautiful banana plant leaves

Close up of a banana plant leaf

Close up of a banana plant leaf

Ode to linen

Common Texture

We have been obsessed with linen bedding since the first time we slept in it. What a difference! We all know that linen looks great and just feels fantastic on the skin due to the natural soft and wrinkly texture. But besides linen being ever so stylish, did you know that linen has many additional benefits too?

Linen flax has many health benefits, it's non-allergenic, anti-bacterial and linen absorbs more moisture than cotton allowing your bedding to stay fresh. To assist you with a perfect nights sleep, this breathable fabric will keep you cool in summer and cozy and warm in winter. Linen bedding is suitable all year round.

The use of linen fabric dates back to Ancient Egypt and has been considered a luxury fabric ever since. Linen fabric is made from the fibers of the flax plant Linum usitatissimum. The long fibers of the plant get combed and spun into yarn from which the natural fabric can be woven. Flax plants need more looking after and are more labor intensive than cotton; the weaving process is more difficult making manufacturing more costly. The higher manufacturing cost is reflected in the price, however linen is that much stronger and durable than cotton, your bedding will last for generations to come. Best of all, linen becomes softer and smoother with each wash.

A stylish, healthy and environmentally conscious choice.

One of the oldest fiber plants in the world, flax is grown in cooler and humid climates.

One of the oldest fiber plants in the world, flax is grown in cooler and humid climates.

Eco-friendly dye

Common Texture

Grey and turmeric dye prepared at the block print studio for our printed linen pillowcases. We work solely with water based certified eco-friendly pigment dye. You can read more about our crafts at http://commontexture.com/explore

Pots of dye on the floor of the blockprint studio. The colors have been expertly matched with our 100% linen bedding range. The color will be stamped by hand onto our pillowcases by using a wooden block.

Pots of dye on the floor of the blockprint studio. The colors have been expertly matched with our 100% linen bedding range. The color will be stamped by hand onto our pillowcases by using a wooden block.

Common Thread

Common Texture

Happy Sunday! Have you browsed through our new website yet? If you are in the mood for some travel pictures don't miss Common Thread, a selection of images from our travels throughout India and Europe which reflects our inspiration and product creation.

On one of our Indian journeys; the beautiful muscat color inspired our linen bedding collection

On one of our Indian journeys; the beautiful muscat color inspired our linen bedding collection

Block printing

Common Texture

Block printing is an art in itself, dating back to the 12th century in India. To create a finished piece of hand printed fabric it requires a wood carver for the pattern, a colorist for the dye and a stamper to apply.

A master wood carver at work - creating a printing block from a piece of teak wood

A master wood carver at work - creating a printing block from a piece of teak wood

Our colorist Yashoda preparing the dye for our bedding collection. She adjusts the color until perfection and tests it by applying it onto a small piece of our linen, tucked here into her saree.

Our colorist Yashoda preparing the dye for our bedding collection. She adjusts the color until perfection and tests it by applying it onto a small piece of our linen, tucked here into her saree.

Stamper applying the color dye - incredible hand eye coordination and years of experience is needed to leave a precise impression on the textile

Stamper applying the color dye - incredible hand eye coordination and years of experience is needed to leave a precise impression on the textile

The making of our crossbody bag

Common Texture

Our products are handwoven, hand-stitched and hand-blockprinted. They become all the more special once you know who made them and how they are put together.

Bananafiber crossbody bag with leather strap and five different lining options.

Bananafiber crossbody bag with leather strap and five different lining options.

Our banana fiber product range is produced by a small cooperative of women in rural South India. The focus of the cooperative is improving the living conditions for women and rope makers in the village, as well as education for them and their children.

Our banana fiber product range is produced by a small cooperative of women in rural South India. The focus of the cooperative is improving the living conditions for women and rope makers in the village, as well as education for them and their children.

The cooperative is entirely sustained by the sales of their products. It takes one full day to produce the banana fiber case for our crossbody bag.

The cooperative is entirely sustained by the sales of their products. It takes one full day to produce the banana fiber case for our crossbody bag.

Busy streets in Bangalore India, on our way to find the perfect leather for our bags.

Busy streets in Bangalore India, on our way to find the perfect leather for our bags.

Many hands make light work

Many hands make light work

Finding the perfect match

Finding the perfect match

This is Moin, our leather guru! He can make anything, anywhere.

This is Moin, our leather guru! He can make anything, anywhere.

Our bags are carefully stitched and fully lined with 100% Indian cotton in five different choices. A quality zipper and divider will ensure you keep your phone, keys and other small items separate.

Our bags are carefully stitched and fully lined with 100% Indian cotton in five different choices. A quality zipper and divider will ensure you keep your phone, keys and other small items separate.

Mix it up

Common Texture

The studio was all about linen this week! We are getting closer to launching our bedlinen collection 🙌 #commontexture #mixitup #mixandmatch #bedlinen #linen #bedding #homewares #homedecor #interiors #comingsoon #sneakpeek #onlineshop

Mix and match our linen bedding collection

Mix and match our linen bedding collection

Avocado harvest

Common Texture

Avocado harvest at the Common Texture studio today. Great opportunity to test the durability of our awesome banana fiber shopper 'so tuff' - coming soon! The best way to carry 3kg of fresh avocados..on your head of course

Our banana fiber carryall full of avocados - fresh of the tree

Our banana fiber carryall full of avocados - fresh of the tree

Carrying a load on the head is common practice in India

Carrying a load on the head is common practice in India