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Weaving and Dyeing in Bali

July 13, 2011

While I am in Chile, I hope to be able to see some local textiles in a variety of settings, but we’ll see how that plays out.  In the meantime, I thought I would share some photos from a trip my husband and I took to Bali in 2007, where I was able to visit a weaving and dyeing studio.

Unfortunately there were not many weavers about, but I did get a few photos.  All of the dyeing is done with natural dyes, such as indigo.  I wish I could remember the other plants our guide told me they use for the other colors but I don’t remember. Oh well.  It was really pretty, anyway.  Nobody was spinning while we were there but I did get a picture of the spinning wheels they use. They are kind of different to what I am used to.

Some cotton thread. I wish I’d thought to put my hand in the picture for scale. It’s really thin, at any rate.

This frame shows the thread above in its entirety – you still can’t tell how thin it is but it gives some idea how much of it there was, I guess.

Spinning wheel and other devices.

Thread drying.

Pink, Green, Yellow, Beige

Indigo

I just loved all of the colors all hanging together like this. So pretty!

Thread being dyed

Weaving project. Women do the weaving, mostly, and they do it in their spare time. Balinese women are very busy looking after their homes and families, making offerings, cooking or cleaning or working in the tourist trade, and also they find time to weave or do other things to bring in more income for the family. Our guide said it takes about a week of spare-time work to do a piece this wide and about 1 meter long.

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