Tag Archives: Peruvian textiles

  • Peruvian jungle and mountain cushions

    Posted on 03/10/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We are very excited that our first cushion collection has just arrived! The vibrant colours and designs have come from our travels to the far corners of Peru, a combination of mountain hand weaving and jungle tribe hand embroidery. The handwork in the cloths used for these cushions is insanely intricate and all the techniques and designs have been passed down through generations. We chose 100% wool backs to compliment the hand woven llama wool and the piping highlights the Peruvians love of colour. Another bit of matchmaking as they were all made in the UK. This intense hit of colour has definitely brightened our day. Enough talking, they speak for themselves...

    You can see them in store here.

    All of the cushions are available here.


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  • Thread and jungles "Ayahuasca Quilting"

    Posted on 10/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Completely cut off by roads in the northern jungle of Peru we discovered some jaw dropping hand embroidered textiles and some very lovely people. Completely different in style to other parts of Peru these intense embroidered and hand painted designs combine jungle flora with geometric patterns. The story behind each design is as exotic as the jungle.

    Inspiration comes from the visions experienced during Ayahuasca healing ceremonies held deep in the forest. The hallucinogenic inspiration is all clear in the vibrant colours and maze of patterns. The designs and techniques have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated and worn by the tribes today. Among the selection we collected we struck gold in finding these larger textiles which could only be destined for glory.

    Here at A Rum Fellow we love nothing more than mixing age old traditional styles and techniques to create something new. In this case fusing the traditions of two very different cultures; British quilting and Amazonian tribal textiles. We decided the colourful intensity of these Amazonian textiles would perfectly transform into quilts and carry a taste of the rich tropical jungle into any room.

    Even though the emphasis was on the Peruvian panels, we wanted to make sure that the underside of the quilts had something to say too. In keeping with the fearless use of colour our Amazonian friends are born with, it felt right to use bright colours on the back and add geometric highlights.

    A couple of finished pieces from the collection bringing a taste of the jungle home.

    Available on our website here.


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  • The machines which were built to last

    Posted on 28/08/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We have a new member in the studio, well actually it is quite old but we are more than a little bit love struck with it. This beautiful Singer is admittedly a beast to lift but its hardiness has stood the test of time.

    Although we were already fully set up with machines when my Grandma very kindly offered me this one... how could I ever resist? Built in my opinion how sewing machines should be, with a belted motor and metal parts it not only fills every nook and cranny of my mid century love, it is as sturdy as they come and can take on the toughest of fabric.

    Back in the early 1950's, when she was not out on the fields, or cooking up her notorious stew and dumplings my Grandma was a keen sewer and decided to take the leap into the new world of electrical sewing machines. As I have been told many a times, back then if the money was not in your purse you did not not buy it. One summer, to raise the funds Grandma bought 20 turkey chicks, then on her own in a corner of the farm land, she raised them and eventually sold them for Christmas. With more than enough money in her purse she bought this sewing machine. This successful money raiser  did not go unnoticed by my Grandad and the next year he took over and bought 100 turkeys. A couple of generations later there are 2500 free range turkeys running around whenever I return home. The picture below is my Grandma in the fifties a few years after she had brought turkeys to the farm for the first time.

    I have been working on a quilt collection using some of the hand embroidered fabrics we discovered in Peru which were inspired by the jungle surroundings. As the Singer sat there staring at me in its perfect combination of wood and hearty metal it was irresistible. I cleaned it up (didn't need much cleaning as it had only the one careful owner) and gave it an oil. It ran so smooth and 'they don't make them like they used to' was ringing in my ears. I switched entirely to the singer for this collection and someone will have to tear me away from it.

    A post on the quilts will be coming soon but here is a little taster of the quilted jungle vines.


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  • Embroidered Visions

    Posted on 19/07/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Suddenly we have been surrounded by a whole new style of thread and fibre…and we love it. After hearing a rumours of the style of Amazonian textiles we travelled deep into the Peruvian jungle and up the Amazon river.  Search and you will find- the discoveries were worth the potholes, bumpy river boats and the constant humidity.

    Gone were the hand looms in courtyards, here the ladies were deep involved with the needle and thread working on "visions".

    Striking geomectrics link together like jigsaw puzzle pieces and slot around the trailing jungle plants or flowers. Just like in Southern Peru the textile designs focus on icons important to the natives. In the jungle it is the plants which are highly valued as for every ailment they believe there is a leafy cure.

    Good job we love a good story as there is always one to tell in Peruvian textiles. The intense maze of designs captures the hallucinogenic visions seen by the Amazonian tribes when they first developed Ayahuasca heeling ceremonies. The designs have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated by the tribes talented ladies today. Even when fixed in thread the designs almost start moving out of the cloth.

    The lovely Sara and Angela (below) are the talented embroideries of all the amazing pieces photographed in this post…they do love colour! Thanks to them we are once again straining under the extra weight of a grand lot of stunning textiles.


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  • Geo's and Andean animals

    Posted on 24/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We have again been floored, this time by the Peruvian hand weavers and their fearless use of colours.

    Peru is a culture rich country with a deep and vibrant history so there is plenty for all the weaving villages to draw on. Inca and indigeous decoration/artwork was very much geometric based so this has filtered into the textiles. The geometric diamond formations sit back with other significant icons- Pumas, Condors, Llamas and Pachamama (goddess of the indigenous people of the Andes aka Mother Earth).

    With so many hands well taught through the years in the art of weaving we were bound to make some amazing finds. And how could we say no to Geo's mixed with Andean animals?!

    These are just a taster of what we found as needless to say we came away with our hands full..the list of projects for our return are adding up!


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