The foods and the textiles are two of my favorite things about Southeast Asia. At the national craft festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the first time, I saw booth after booth of a stunning woven textile called songket. Each finely detailed piece of fabric on display was waiting to made into a fabulous costume for some special occasion. It was an eye opening introduction to the wonderful, inexhaustible world of handcrafted textiles from the region.
In 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 parters. I am lucky to have seen the crafting and use of these fabrics in their own countries -- and to be able to apply them to home goods in a way that showcases the fabric, and fits the way we live. 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 their creative portfolios, as well as introducing new fabrics and motifs to the US marketplace.
At Textiil we offer truly unique, functional items made from artisan batiks and hand loomed cloths from Southeast Asia. At the same time we tap into and support local businesses here in the US for for components and consistent, quality finishing. We support the craftspeople abroad by building awareness and access to these special textiles -- so they can continue and expand their businesses, and our customers can bring something truly special into 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 unique, inspiring, and beautiful!
Textiil is a member of the Aspen Institute's Alliance for Artisan