DARA Artisans

Folk Ark Decor

Restful Minimalism, Natural Dining & Jungalow Living

This is a series in which three globally inspired interiors are matched as closely as possible to products available via the Folk Ark Directory; it is designed to steer home decorators towards the look they want, without sacrificing the quality and integrity we should all demand. 

The internet is a wonderful thing, and has made many, many tasks easier — like decorating your house. Now you can pore over millions of inspirational images, search thousands of stores for the items you want, and have them sent right to your door.

So if your style corresponds exactly to that of a major online retailer then pop the champagne and wait for delivery. But for those of us who burn out after trawling the 300th online store or Google search result page for exactly that rug we saw in exactly that perfectly arranged Moroccan living room in World of Interiors but with a lighter price tag and assurance of authenticity, this series is for you. Because even if you do find that rug, where did it come from? Who made it and how, and was their pay commensurate to your enjoyment? It is hoped that such questions will one day be redundant, and to that end, Folk Ark has done the research so you have more time to relax in your perfectly arranged living room. Enjoy!

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IMAGE BY JUTE INTERIORS

IMAGE BY JUTE INTERIORS

IMAGE BY JUSTINA BLAKENEY, FROM HER BOOK THE NEW BOHEMIANS

IMAGE BY JUSTINA BLAKENEY, FROM HER BOOK THE NEW BOHEMIANS

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Round-Up

Round-Up: Ponchos, Capes & Wraps

I don't know about where you are, but the banner image on this post is a pretty accurate representation of the view from my window right now. It seems autumn is once again reclaiming the northern hemisphere but if, like me, you're not yet ready (or cold enough) to admit defeat and go full coat, the following is a sampling of the fine transitional garments on offer from across the Folk Ark Directory. Whether in wool, alpaca, silk or cotton, these are pieces to be slung day or night over your late summer gear for an extra layer of warmth and elegance.

Click on the image to go to the product or on the company's name to read more about them.

LAO LOOM LOVE

With their combinations of rich colours, lustrous materials, intricate geometric patterning and the extraordinary skill required to make them, I've never met a traditional Lao textile I didn't like. So it is wonderful to see these techniques being revived and brought to an international market after decades of abandonment, and four companies doing just this with aplomb are Ock Pop Tok, Mulberries, Above the Fray and Laos Essential Artistry (Got Laos). All four work closely with weavers from across the region's ethnic groups to bring the craft out of the domestic sphere and into the international marketplace as a means both of sustaining the many ancient techniques involved in Lao textile production, and of promoting Lao cultural and economic revival.

The results of such a depth of tradition, technique and refined aesthetic combined with modern sensibilities are truly stunning and speak for themselves!

OCK POP TOK

Ock Pop Tok is available to buy from their online market.

MULBERRIES

Mulberries is available at DARA Artisans and through their own website.

ABOVE THE FRAY

Above the Fray is available at DARA Artisans and through their own website.

LAOS ESSENTIAL ARTISTRY

Laos Essential Artistry is available at DARA Artisans and from their website.

DARA Artisans also carries an exclusive line of Lao textiles and offers this beautiful lookbook for more inspiration.

All images courtesy of websites mentioned.