Global textiles day one: Ikat and Inca

Yes, yes, ikat textiles in contemporary interiors have been hot for a while now. But I  feel entitled to post, as ikat is the subject of my PhD (West Timorese ikat, to be precise). I've always loved it; the resist dye technique results in the signature hazy, off-kilter motifs. It's at once geometric, and not!

Ruby Star Traders do the best ikat-covered furniture around (as well as Indian silks, batik etc). And their sales are fantastic, so keep an eye out.

Another global textile I love are Andean mantas.  Traditionally used as shawls, baby carriers, blankets and beds, mantas are still produced in small villages throughout Peru and Bolivia, aided by by fair trade companies such as Ethica and supported by organisations such as Warp. Love the hot, hot pink, soft greens and earth tones all together....HF.

Images from top: Ruby Star Traders, Tejido Andino mantas, Ikat in Home Beautiful.