The people, the food, and the textiles are some of my favorite things about Indonesia. While living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I attended an Indonesian trade exposition. Among the many products on display, there were several booths of batiks from different parts of Indonesia. It was an outstanding introduction to the wonderful, inexhaustible world of handcrafted textiles from the region. And a great incentive to travel and learn more from the source.
On the island of Java I have been able to experience a small sample of the incredibly diverse traditional hand made batiks and to develop a set of highly skilled artisan and social enterprise business partners. It has been a delight to collaborate and to develop an evolving mix of products that both acknowledges and respects the traditional processes, but also brings some new ideas to our partners' creative portfolios, as we introduce new fabrics and motifs to the US marketplace.
At Textiil we offer unique, limited production, interior accents made from artisan batiks and hand loomed cloths from Southeast Asia. We also work with and support local businesses here in the greater Philadelphia area for components and consistent, quality finishing. We support the craftspeople abroad by paying fair wages and by building awareness and access to these special textiles. We hope to support them in expanding their businesses and to present our customers with small batch cloth that can add something beautiful and unique to their homes.
In getting to know Textiil, I hope you will look more deeply at the fabrics, the processes, and the people and cultures that provide them. Maybe you'll discover something you want to have for yourself or a friend; something compelling, inspiring, and beautiful!
Textiil is a member of the Aspen Institute's Artisan Alliance.