Author Archives: A Rum Fellow

  • Natural Plant Dyeing in Guatemala

    Posted on 02/04/2014 by A Rum Fellow

    We spent a wonderful day visiting a textile cooperative and learning how they produce their natural dyes. San Juan La Laguna, on Lake Atitlan, specialises in natural dying, a process that artisans have experimented with and perfected over many years. Many of the plants used are local, some even grew in the back garden like the orange flowering sacatincta plant below. The sacatincta produces different colours depending on how long the yarn is boiled in it, starting with blue, then into grey and finally a charcoal colour.

    Indigo dye is achieved with the anil plant, which also grows around the lake. It is first dried in the sun, then ground into a fine blue powder (you can see both forms below).

    The yellow flower of the chilcba makes a yellow dye and is also used for medicinal purposes. The first batch to be dyed will come out the strongest in colour.

    Alamo, the bark of a poplar tree, is used to produce a mustard and a cappuccino colour depending on how long it is boiled for.




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  • A Guatemalan Adventure

    Posted on 05/03/2014 by A Rum Fellow

    Each year we will introduce a collection inspired by travels to a new country or region. We have just returned from adventures in Guatemala where we have discovered many beautiful things and met lots of wonderful people. Guatemalans are the best! We have lots of lovely things to share with you, but lets start at the beginning.

    We stopped in to watch weavers in Santa Caterina on the shore of Lake Atitlan. Here we saw how they embroiderer patterns into the textile as they weave it. From humble tools the weavers here produce the most incredible textiles.

    The tools of the trade are set up and ready to go. The well worn leather backstrap attaches around the back of the weaver and keeps the warp threads tensioned.

    Because hand weaving isn't complicated enough, Mayan weavers embroider as they go. Colourful threads are embroidered whilst they weave the weft thread, overlaying patterns onto the textile.

    Stay tuned for more tales and textiles from this beautiful land.

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  • Landscapes Animals & Geometric Shapes

    Posted on 29/01/2014 by A Rum Fellow

    Blending beautiful landscaped with animals these dreamy illustrations are printed onto geometric shaped plywood. See them in-store here.

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  • Fresh prints!

    Posted on 27/01/2014 by A Rum Fellow

    Some new series of prints by Eduardo Barba, mixing up geometric shapes with bold colours.  Click on the images to see them in-store. Available in A2 or A3 with a framing option. 

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  • New South West Style Blankets

    Posted on 15/01/2014 by A Rum Fellow

    We have just received these South West style blankets. Super soft and full of colourful geometric pattern, they come in 3 colours. Perfect to wrap up warm in, or to drape over the sofa or perhaps cover your bed. You can see them in store here.




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  • New Year Sale Now On!

    Posted on 14/01/2014 by A Rum Fellow

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