The TAMGA team travelled across Bali, Java and Sumatra in search of unique Ikat textiles, and along the way met artisans, communities and organizations dedicated to producing these timeless pieces. Ikat means to “tie” or “bind” in the Indonesian language, and is used to describe the traditional colouring and weaving technique that is used on many Indonesian islands. Cotton or silk are dyed with natural colours, and are bound before dyeing to create patterns of resistance in the thread (think tye-dye). The threads are then strung on to a loom and woven into cloths by expert artisans with a skill set that is increasingly difficult to find. Our Flores & Sumba prints from the ‘Dreamweaver’ Collection are inspired by Indonesia’s ikat textiles. Our Flores and Sumba prints are inspired by the weavers that we met along the way, and the amazing connection that they have to their ancestors, community and environment.
Batik is a method of wax-resist dyeing that is employed in several countries, but the beauty of the pieces produced in Central Java around the towns of Yogyakarta and Solo are second to none. For hundreds of years, Javanese artisans have been applying layers of intricate patterns to cloth with wax – dyeing, washing and repeating several times before the finished piece is ready. The TAMGA team visited artisans all over Java and Bali, often just sitting and watching the intricate process of creating these works of art. Our Java and Solo prints from the ‘Dreamweaver’ Collection are inspired by the beautiful batik of Central Java.
In order to give our customers a taste of real, hand-made ikat, we produced a limited run of Premium items in the ‘Dreamweaver’ Collection that integrate traditional woven ikat from the remote island of Savu in eastern Indonesia. Sourced through the amazing organization Threads of Life, these strips of cloth are the real deal – produced by hand using natural dyes and traditional motifs. Unfortunately, the eastern islands of Indonesia have been going through a drought for the past two years, which makes the depth of indigo that you see in these pieces next to impossible to re-create.
The Batik cloth that you will find on our Amalia top from the ‘Dreamweaver’ Collection is hand-made and naturally dyed on the island of Bali by Breeze, a small cottage industry of Balinese batik artists. Sourced through Threads of Life, this pattern is a one-of-a-kind Balinese take on the Batik art that Indonesia is famous for.