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Please take the opportunity to peruse my online store for a variety of clothing accessories and home wares such as scarves, bags, notebooks, place-mats, rugs, fabric, sarongs, flatware and a hole lot more.
Unique handcrafted textiles for interior design, home ware, home decor and soft furnishings. Specialising in fabric by the meter woven from 100% cotton and canvas that are hand block printed in bold designs and stripes, dyed with both natural dyes such as indigo, pomergranate, Indian madder, lac, rhubarb root, logwood and chemical dyes such as Alizarin. All are printed with the Ajrakh hand printing process here where I live in Bhuj, Kutch which uses natural minerals, gums and plant materials.
Does your floor look bare, then DYPT has a range of contemporary designer floor rugs that are perfect for any modern interior.
Need a bohemian chic fashion accessory? Then DYPT designer shopper bags from canvas and totes from recycled plastic might tickle your fancy for that handbag with an ethnic edge. Or how about some individual style with a contemporary edge ? Soft and luxurious handwoven merino wool scarves, hand embroidered cotton block print boho shawls make the perfect gift for him or her.
Shopping for table linens? Then my hand stitched placemats are delightful dining accessories. Fancy a notebook to jot down your ideas and sketches, a travel journal to record the wonderful moments on your journey, or a diary to write your thoughts down ? DYPT makes a colourful selection covered in a range of different block prints. The handmade paper itself is produced from recycled white cotton t-shirt off-cuts, which makes excellent writing paper and is great for pen and ink or water colour, and the perfect gift idea.
Please also feel free to contact me with any wholesale enquiries.
One of the main reasons to have a shop was CLUTTER.
Stuff was piling up everywhere. Getting damp and moldy.
There was nowhere to eat dinner anymore as all surfaces were precariously stacked & draped with cloth of various shapes and forms.The only things that were happy were the bugs munching away at the cloth!
A friend in the guise of a loud, generous, red-headed New-Yorker suggested a dry & vacant spot in the centre of Ubud, and...
5 weeks later at the end of January 2013, DYPT opened.
Please feel free to drop in if you have a desire for contemporary textiles made using the traditional techniques of hand weaving, hand block printing, natural dyes, batik and a whole lot more.
10 am - 9 pm: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
12 midday - 9 pm: Monday & Friday
Please contact us for wholesale orders on +62 813 3830 1013
DYPT started as a barking desire to work with natural dyes, using and reviving traditional dyeing , spinning and weaving techniques, from communities in both Indonesia and India
Why Barking ? Natural dyes are rather tricksy. Time consuming, labour intensive, and the knowledge is difficult to come by…a lot like some quest for a mythical magical potion that might exist, taking one off on lots of wild goose chases to remote parts of the world, to ask people about a subject that most are baffled by, that nearly nobody has heard of apart from a select indigenous few who are loathe to give up their secrets, unless they are cheery and friendly, their palms crossed with silver, or plied with a local brew….but a word of warning….too much of the local brew can result in a severe loss of memory and a thumper of a headache that is utterly counterproductive in procuring the knowledge so eagerly sought after.
Over the past 10 years there has been a lot of too-ing and fro-ing back and forth from India to Indonesia. Working with a batik studio in the centre of Bali that provides income for many of the local people who have become skilled artisans; or working closely with a family in Gujarat which produces hand block-printing using minerals, barks, gums and other natural dyes; or master weavers in West Bengal producing gossamer-thin hand-woven textiles with a supplementary weft yarn technique called jamdani, which adds an extra dimension to the fabric. Back on Bali there are single ikat weavers in Sideman and master silk and cotton weavers from Java living in Denpasar, all of whom are given our naturally dyed yarns in shades of reds, blues, purples, yellows etc which are hand-woven to produce textiles of various sizes and thickness.
All well and good. People may talk about artistic integrity but it if you want your designs and ideas to become a reality there has to be a balance that works for everyone. This balance usually involves giving the artisans a fair price for what they produce. The main reason for crafts dying out is NOT through artistic decline, but is due to not being paid enough for your work & a better wage being earned somehow or somewhere else. It basically boils down to putting enough rice on the table for the crafts-people involved, and more so.
A word about time, or several…… naturally dyed yarns can take up to 2 months to get a juicy mengkudu red, or 9 dips to get a deep indigo colour. They are then hand-woven with labour intensive techniques that are mostly passed down from time out of mind. Batik using natural dyes is also a time consuming process. Basically it’s not quick.The cost of these pieces is reflected in the time taken to produce them. One of the elements that make these textiles unique is the amount of time it takes to finish one, and there are always the delightful challenges of managing production in far flung-villages, through language barriers.
Creating a demand for hand loomed, naturally dyed textiles with a contemporary spin not only keeps the crafts alive, but provides opportunities for well-paid employment for both the older & younger generations of artisans in a modern market.
It’s hectic, intense, extremely time consuming, but a lot of fun, adventurous , engaging and rewarding.
Having a background in Set & Costume design for many years gave me a rather extensive insight into different styles of spaces throughout history....what filled them, what made them feel less full....key elements that define a style.
For me an interior / exterior is a set that doesn't change in that the reality & impact lasts longer than a scene at the theatre. It is more about the human interaction with the space over time.
Interiors are the backdrop for those that live or pass through the space. Flair, comfort & ergonomics are vital. Exteriors develop over time with plants. Their corners softened by vegetation.
Restaurants are a backdrop for their ever changing guests. How to make guests feel that the space is visually enticing enough to enter and eat. How to make sure that the staff can function smoothly and happily within a space.
Inspiration ...........Mandana Folk art of Rajasthan, Natural Earth pigments, Tribal art in general, carved stone and the idea or feeling whatever they may be.
An aesthetically beautiful but functioning and harmonious environment is helpful for a happy life.