Asian textiles have been trending for several seasons due to the hand crafted artisanal nature of the fabrics. The vintage shibori textiles typically come to the USA as indigo blue and white. But as consumers are searching for gray textiles to coordinate with their interior color schemes, the one-of-a-kind vintage shibori pieces are being specially treated to change the indigo blue to various shades of gray. Above are two such vintage Asian hill tribe textiles.
Chinoiserie batik textiles like that seen here are usually available in indigo blue. This unique version was treated to become a stunning shade of charcoal gray Chinese batik. Because the Chinese batik textile is now gray, it has a completely new look while remaining a classic Chinoiserie pattern.
Vintage Asian textiles have a global appeal because of their unique graphic patterns. These active patterns are appealing in their original indigo blue as well as in gray. The hemp fabric above is also from an Asian hill tribe and was created completely by hand. The uneven patterns give this gray hill tribe textile it's unique character.
The yarn-dyed hemp stripe seen here has been one of my most popular textiles in the Morrissey Fabric shop. The vintage hemp textile comes in narrow twelve-inch widths but can be sewn together to create a wider cloth.
When I treat these textiles to change them from indigo blue to gray, they don't always cooperate. Sometimes the hemp textile turns to a shade of gold or brown so there are no guarantees. But one thing is certain, each vintage hill tribe textile is unique.
So what if you prefer a bit of color with your gray-hued interior? You can find hand made Asian batik textiles with shots of color sewn to the surface. These hill tribe hemp fabrics are originally woven to become skirts for the indigenous people. The hill tribe people tend to like more color in their garments. The piece of batik cloth shown above has white and hot pink cording sewn to the surface for an extra decorative touch.
You will find a selection of vintage and new Asian hill tribe batiks in the MorrisseyFabric.com shop as well as in my Etsy shop.