The Run-Away Rangrang
Bali, Indonesia

Exquisite kimono are now being made by a handful of weavers in Japan.

Exquisite kimono are now being made by a handful of weavers in Japan

What does the future look like for the traditional weaving art form in Indonesia? Will it go the way of the obi and kimono in Japan where a few weavers remain in the cultural city of Kyoto where once there were thousands, and only the elite can afford their exquisite textiles as traditional dress for tea ceremonies? In this article I will follow the paths chosen by two Balinese weaving communities; one that has chosen the Kyoto model, and the other a fashion-based strategy.

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Eskayel and Threads of Life in Vogue

Incredibly honored to be part of a collaboration with Eskayel to create a new indigo ikat collection, which has now been featured in Vogue magazine! To browse the whole collection, head to the Eskayel shop. To read the Vogue article, click here. 

To craft these beautiful textiles, she partnered with Threads of Life, a fair-trade organization that works to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. It was a slow process, but the end results are striking. The new collection includes large floor pillows, bedding sets, and specially made frames to hang and display the swaths of indigo ikat fabrics. For a Brooklyn-based design studio, the beauty of Bali never felt so close.