Author Archives: A Rum Fellow

  • Along came the machine

    Posted on 04/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    After falling all over the amazing craftsmanship of hand loomed textiles in Bolivia, the machine made pieces are just not in the same league.

    ..but let's not judge too hastily.

    They are stunning none the less. Soak them in without comparing, and they are undeniably eye catching in their ray of colours and busy detail, rich with traditional Quecha icons of condors and coca leaves intricately woven in. Yes, we fell for them.

    Well, we couldn't say no. So we've rounded up a proud pile of these with some projects in mind. Some are indeed the perfect size for throwing down in Victoria park for Olympic picnics.

    This is how it goes down in textile town... the vender cutting the deal with superior technology to us- a calculator over our leaky pen and paper.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Bolivia, Bolivian textiles, condors, Machine textiles, machine weaving, stripes, Sucre market

  • For the new little ladies in our families

    Posted on 31/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    ...machine washable!


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Baby bibs, Bolivia, machine weaving, Sucre, textiles

  • A taste of Vintage textiles

    Posted on 25/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    A few irresistible vintage hand loom finds in Sucre. Perfect for some upholstery projects when we get home...just need to decide on the lucky chairs.

    Loving the zig zags and the colours popping off the dark base.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Bolivia, Hand looms, Sucre, textiles, upholstery, Vintage

  • ...and the joining

    Posted on 24/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Being a big fan of attention to detail I love the creative joining techniques used on the hand loom panels. As the size of the loom rules the width of the finished cloth multiple panels need to be pieced together to make larger items. Versions of colourful embroidered arrow head and zig zag designs cleverly and beautifully cover the joins.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Bolivia, Hand looms, seam joins, seams, Sucre, textiles

  • It's all in the weave

    Posted on 24/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We are in a land of hand weaving and the culture rich textiles in Bolivia are mind blowing.

    The traditional hand built wood looms are simple in their structure and remind me of an old Fisher Price loom I had as a child, with its single lever handle to change the thread placement entrapping each row. As the tools are simple, its the skilled hands and minds of the weaver which create the complexity of colour and design. A single woven row of these master pieces would have the plastic bolts popping off my childhood loom at the very thought.

    From Lambs wool to Alpaca the yarns are dyed in a rainbow of natural vibrant colours using plant extracts. The elaborate geometric designs are influenced by the weavers environment and represent local or spiritual animals and fauna.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Bolivia, Hand looms, natural dyes, Sucre, textiles, Weaving

  • Firecrackers

    Posted on 18/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    It´s not just the final bang and flash that countas in Bolivia, the fireworks are crafted to look cool on display too.

     


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