Traditional handloom fabric of Thailand
Our Umbra Indigo Handloom is a very special fabric with a beautiful back story. Our supplier kindly sent me these photographs to show where this fabric is made. You can really see the level of the skill and craftsmanship within these small villages communities. The supplier is truly dedicated to sourcing natural home produced fabric from remote areas of Thailand and to supporting the communities that produce these wonderful textiles using all natural raw materials.
Our fabric is made in the northeast of Thailand, in a place known as Isan (generally considered the poorest region of Thailand). It's home to mainly rice farmers and is not well travelled at all. These fabrics are still traditionally made on handlooms by the women of the area, working and combining family life to earn some extra money. You can often see them weaving on their front porch when they are not busy out harvesting.
The locally sourced cotton is part machine and part hand spun, the skill and attention is just magical and it would be a dream to be able to go and visit. Our supplier hopes to one day organise tours so others can experience how beautiful it is up there!
Such magic is in these images.