The Japanese markets of Yogyakarta or Solo are great places for discovering faded old sarongs sold in toppling stacks right next to live chickens and jackfruit. The Kala print reminds me of these hidden gems: ornate yet relaxed, softly worn out like an old friend.
I’m addicted to the color indigo, both its light and dark manifestations. Here the shades frolic and play with the little patter of small dots behind them softening their edges, streaming across the print and adding depth.
Unruly paisleys need to be kept under control. Here I corral them with stripes and perky coral flowers. Balancing long rows of color with empty white space creates a soothing equilibrium. Make this bold stripe the centerpiece of your bed by pairing it with soft grays or play up the coral and peacock with the addition of a colorful quilt or pillows.
I have long collected ikats from all over the world, and I finally captured their calm rhythm in this print. In indigo or seaglass, the Dari starts with a printed background that sets off a full scene of color, laced with an intricate ikat pattern.