This is Bangie from Borneo who came to visit Santa Barbara after attending the Folk Art International event in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She gave a weaving demonstration at the SBMA gift store. In her village everyone knows how to weave and do beadwork. All of her silk is hand dyed using natural dyes. The dark color is indigo and the yellow is from porcupine quills. It takes her 3 months to weave up the warp which is two pieces of completed fabric. There were many beautiful pieces of fabric for sale as well as woven hats, scarves and bags. Many thanks to my friend Kate who called me on her cell phone and told to come down and see this wonderful weaver and her beautiful work. A local member of the Fiber Arts Guild , Norma translated all of my questions to Bangie and that was much appreciated as well.
I'm off to the beach today for a reunion of friends from the 70's!