Tag Archives: textiles

  • Affordable Art fair

    Posted on 12/03/2015 by A Rum Fellow

    We were invited to do an installation at the wonderful Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. Here's what we did!A Rum Fellow installation at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea

    A Rum Fellow installation at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea

    A Rum Fellow installation at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea

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    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with art, textiles, ethical, knot native, installation, affordable artfair, batersea

  • 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.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Amazonian textiles, Ayahuasca, Ayahuasca textiles, Ayahuasca visions, geometrics, Hand embroidery, Peru, Peruvian textiles, textiles

  • 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

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