How I ended up selling beautiful textiles and fabrics from Thailand here in Brisbane Australia

My friend Joe has been in Thailand teaching English. While he was there he and a Thai-speaking friend, used the free weekends to travel all over Thailand and up to Laos, to buy silk for his collection.

How lucky am I?!

I can now offer some of these beautiful pieces he bought that he is not keeping in his stash.

The silks were purchased direct from the weavers where possible, in the village where they are made. Because of this, we can offer you superior quality at an excellent price.

I really wish I could have been there to visit these wonderful artisans and watch their incredible centuries-old techniques of hand weaving and dyeing silk and cotton for their traditional fabrics.

All pieces were selected by Joe who has a very discerning eye, they are timeless in design and colour.

He has purchased good tight weaves where he could, which relates to the quality of original silk thread used and also ensures they will survive many years of use, as clothing or home use and display.

I would keep them out of direct sunlight as many are natural dyes and some vegetable dyes.

Some patterns are traditional, still used today, and can be researched for tribe and area.

The same dyes can look different on silk and cotton

Silk shows dye on a different face, the silk makes the dye colour shine, quite often it’s the women who design the weave and do the weaving, rather than the men.

Laos weavers have the most exquisite skill in selecting their silk and weaving their patterns. Fine weave means the silk thread chosen is finer and makes the fabrics warmer.

For scarves, the finer silk weave, folded, is warmer than a heavier weave.

Ethnic patterns and soft muted colours are the hallmark of good Laos woven silk. The diamond shape and chicken design are repeated motifs in handwoven Thai silk weaving.

Muttmee woven silk from Khon Kaen in Thailand  is a decorator’s dream. Finely woven with gold pattern this fabric has wonderful sheen and drape, can also be used for light upholstery and special occasion wearables.

Joe also purchased some Khon Kaen cotton by the metre for home furnishing.

I feel so priviledged to now have the opportunity to show this Collection of exquisite silks and cottons to you, and if any of these is singing your name, please do feel free to place an order in the Store.

Thanks so much for reading my story, and I hope that the thought of owning some of these museum-quality textiles and fabrics is something which would bring joy to your life.

All the very best, do please write to me if you have any questions (via my Contact form) — I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

Helen McIntosh

Brisbane, Australia

Hand loomed silk fabric Avacado green

  1. Hand loomed silk fabric Chartreuse green available in Brisbane

Hand loomed silk fabric

Available in Avacado green

Size:  4m, 35″/89cm wide

Price: $A200-00

Hand loomed in Laos, suitable for furnishings, light upholstery and dressmaking.

More information on these beautiful fabrics can be found on my page talking about the remarkable serendipity which happened to bring these into my textile world here in Brisbane, Australia. Please click below to pop over and read this lovely story about the incredible fabrics and textiles of Laos (and other parts of Thailand).

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Rosie and The Icon Lady Photo Booth

Rosie and The Icon Lady Photo Booth with Helen McIntosh

Rosie and The Icon Lady Photo Booth showing you where NOT to put your legs (this did make me chuckle!) — instead, put your hands through the holes to look a little bit more lady-like 🙂

You will have your chance to take your own photos in the IconLady photo booth at my upcoming Exhibition — Partners in Textiles.

Please do join us on the Saturday and be part of the frivolity!

So if you’re anywhere near Brisbane, Cooroy or the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia), do come see us!

Where?  The Butterfactory, Cooroy, 12 th August 2017 – read more >>

August 2017 Partners in Textile

If you’d like to chat, you can also find me on Facebook and Instagram.

Who is Janet de Boer?

Who is Janet de Boer? Friend of Helen McIntosh, TheIconLady.com

So – who is Janet De Boer? I first met Janet somewhere in the 1970s, when I first discovered textiles.

Well-known in the Australian textile art industry, Janet has nurtured many textile artists over the decades and became our Mentor as well. Janet was instrumental in bringing textile artists from other countries to showcase and teach their work, and together with Australian textile artists created an incredible resource of knowledge and skills to share.

Owner and Manager of Gallery 159 in Brisbane for many years, it was a sad day indeed when Janet decided it was time to close the Gallery which had been loved by so many for so long.

Here is a brief overview of Janet’s amazing life so far:

Who is Janet de Boer? Here is Janet's bioJanet De Boer came to Australia from the USA on a working holiday in 1975, fell in love with Queensland (and then with an Australian) and has remained.

While initially working as an Occupational Therapist, she also had a well-developed passion for the textile arts and gravitated towards a young not-for-profit organisation known as TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts) which became national in 1987, with Janet as its CEO until 2015.

Over the years she created a quality magazine, Textile Fibre Forum, which became quarterly, and she developed week-long ‘FORUM’ conferences that had a focus on outstanding workshops offered by Australians and also overseas tutors.

For 13 years from 2003 to 2016, Janet was director of TAFTA’s dedicated gallery space, Gallery 159.

Having become an Australian citizen in 1995, Janet received an O.A.M. for her service to the textile arts in 2004.

Although retired now, Janet continues to produce a substantial Newsletter / “e-bulletin” as a free service for around 5,000 subscribers, and she writes for Australian and international textile magazines.

Luckily for us, Janet De Boer still loves Queensland.

Upcycled Artworks

I create upcycled artworks by repurposing older materials and whatever is to hand in my Workshop.

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Market work

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Hand painted fine china and hand embroidered cushions for Market days.

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Above: mosaics , china from the stash.

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mosaic Iconladys.

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