This elegant handspun cotton cloth was woven on a backstrap loom in Java and dyed by the Threads of Life Natural Dye Studio using Ceriops tagal bark with a mud and tannins over-dye to achieve a rich dark chocolate.
Ceriops tagal is sustainably sourced from a FSC certified mangrove forest in Papua where the local community harvests bark providing a source of revenue. The bark of this slow growing mangrove species has been used for centuries by the batik dyers of Java in the saga process to the point of over-harvesting mangrove forests on the island.
Wearable by both man or woman, colorfast and can be washed with a gentle soap in cool water and dried in the shade.
Plain weave, single panel, twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Approximately 230 x 50 cm / 90.5 x 19.5 in
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