A Journal of Craft, Travel and Culture

Techniques and Patterns

Savon de Marseille

For me, there was nothing sexy about soap. I grow up with liquid bath products coming out of plastic bottles covered in banal branding design. The only soap I knew…

Nostalgic for Cement and Encaustic Tiles

The elegant, shabby and exotic look of cement and encaustic tiles enchant me and bring back visual memories from my childhood. A sustainable and artisanal material,…

Morralitos

I admire ethnic fabrics from the tropics – I adore their bold color ways, their abstract patterns, their daring twists. They are fun, passionate and spontaneous like…

Enamel – A Modern Story Runs Old

The ancient glory of enamel left us with exquisite masterpieces made by various techniques. While the popularity and diversity of enamelware in today’s market has declined compared to…

An Embroidered World by Thai Women in Quy Chau

Hand embroidery is a heirloom technique mastered by Thai ethnic artisans in Quy Chau, Vietnam. Using their experience, imagination, skills as well as local materials, Thai…

Mapping the Indigo

One of the oldest dyestuffs and one with a fascinating history, indigo has always carried in its shade and its name an exotic, mysterious, and…

For the Love of Watermelon

Summer starts with melons – as a melon enthusiast I hold this dear to my heart. To a child of the tropic, watermelon is THE treat for…

In the Colorful World of Claire

In my recent trip to the South of France, I got to know Claire, a bubbly wanderlust pattern designer. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we arrived…

Faïence from Moustiers Sainte Marie

Faience first rose to fame thanks to Asian porcelain. Soon after the exotic blue on white porcelain from Asia reached the shore of Europe, it quickly became a sought-after…

Mud Cloth

Generally referred to as “mud cloth,” Bogolanfini and Bogolan are two types of Malian fabric renowned for geometric patterns created through mud dyeing. Bogolan is a “simplified” version of…