2006.05.22 MondayThis bedcover is the most complicated piece of fabric ever made for us by the laotian workshop we collaborate with.
Seven vegetable dye coulours are used to make the pattern which is not repeatd anywhere on this cloth.
We are using three shades of indigo, one is mixed with mangobark, and another with the fermented fruit of thai ebony. The yellow is made from the heartwood of cockspur thorn.
The two shades of beige are dyed with the wood of oroxylum indicum.
The two reds are dyed with shellac and shellac mixed with sappanwood.
This fabric is handwoven from handspun yarn on a narrow -width loom. The strips are then joined together by hand.
Only eight pieces were made and when we asked the weavers for more they refused because they thought they were too difficult to make.
There are many more items like aprons & hand towels in this collection. These are my favourites. :
All are sold only at Jurgen Lehl shops that carry the Babaghuri line.
Here are also some photographs taken on a trip to the workshop in Laos :
Preparing the cotton for spinning
Spinning of the yarn
The prepration of the dyebaths
Weaving the cloth on a narrow - width loom