• The story is as old as the human race

  • The story is told in many ways

    Batik from Java, ikat from Cambodia,
    Shibori from Japan. Woven through each piece is the story of life.

  • We look for textiles that tell a story

    Each piece has the hand of the artisan who made it.

  • We want you to know who made it, where it was made, and what they used to make it.

At The Language of Cloth we look for textiles that have a story to tell. Each piece is made by someone somewhere, and they probably spent years acquiring the skill to do it.

Their hand is still in it. We try to connect our customers with the person who made the cloth, the scarf, the table cover, or the blanket. Knowing something about who made it, where it was made, and what materials were used to make it, is a way to follow the thread of life’s story.

To all my kindred spirits who make textiles, The weavers, and artisans who tie and dye to make ikat in many cultures throughout the world, The batik makers who draw on cloth with wax and color it, The artisans who use a needle to stitch, to embellish, to embroider and sew, The dyers who search for and cultivate natural dye, The shibori artisans who sew, bind, clamp and dye, The quilt makers and those who piece together cloth, and to To all the textile artisans who leave their mark on cloth, in one way or another, who hold out the hand of their work be touched,

This website is dedicated to you.

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Latest Article

The batik of Oey Soe Tjoen, Three Generations

Oey Soe Tjoen started his workshop in 1925 in Kedungwuni, Pekalongan on the northern coast of Java. In 1999 I visited the workshop and met the director Muljadi Widjaya, son of Oey Soe Tjoen and the father  of the current director, Widianti Widjaja.  I recently had the opportunity to see 40 batik from the three […]

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