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  • Ikat Armchair in Farrow & Ball Advert

    Posted on 13/03/2015 by A Rum Fellow

    The masters of quality paint Farrow & Ball have featured our Caterina Ikat Wing Chair in their latest advertisement. It does look rather stunning too! The armchair is handmade here in England and adorned with our signature 'Caterina Ikat' and 'Boda' artisan textiles. The meticulously handcrafted textiles are ethically produced for us by a Mayan weaving cooperative in Guatemala. The traditional ikat is carefully bound to form the pattern, before being resistance dyed and woven by hand.  The artful 'Boda' feature panel is an intricate brocade achieved by embroidering the vibrant pattern into the weft whilst simultaneously hand weaving the base cloth.  Our master upholsterer skilfully matches the bold zig zag patterns across the chair.  See the Caterina Ikat Wing Chair here.

    A Rum Fellow Caterina Ikat Wing Chair in Farrow & Ball ad in Livingetc -1

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  • 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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