Customers Call for New Product

At the recent Tauranga Creative Fibre event a number of customers were looking for small quantities of light weight un-dyed silk. Most silk of that type is made commercially and it is not always easy to trace the supply chain. However, it is something that Provenance will endeavour to supply in the future. In the mean time I do have in my personal stash un-dyed silk organza which is about 50cm wide by a couple of metres long; also have it in a nude/tan colour. Happy to sell this if anyone is interested, just email me at info@provenance.co.nz

Provenance is also looking to obtain more silk and silk blended fabrics from The Fabric Social initiative so watch this space!

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Provenance will be at the Tauranga Creative Fibre Event July 27th, 28th & 29th at the Tauranga Racecourse, Sir Tristram Lounge. Doors open at 10am.

Update from The Fabric Social

“Late last year, The Fabric Social sent over Anissa Dove to work with the wonderful MBoutik Myanmar on sourcing and product development. Anissa was an instant hit with our Bagan based project partners, and worked closely with them to develop new weaving patterns, colour schemes and natural dye processes.

Our second collection with MBoutik featured natural dye made from tree bark, thanks to the ingenuity of Maw Maw (an MBoutik woman and head of the Women Craft Producers Association). The collection also uses the gingham and chequered motifs native to the Dryzone of Myanmar where our partners work.

One of our Burmese tailors Hnu Wai Wai has put her newfound garment tailoring skills to work and is the now the go-to designer and tailor for wedding outfits back in her village. The women continue to work collectively in their new tailoring unit that we helped establish.”

Provenance @ First Light Creative Fibre Event

Provenance will be in Gisborne tomorrow 3rd of May until Sunday 6th of May.

The event is being held at the Farmers Air Showgrounds Event Centre, 20 Main Rd, Makaraka, Gisborne.

Cute Little Woolly Pot!

Our recent indigo dye class inspired Kirstie to create this cute little woolly pot! Kirstie’s beautiful yarn shows the amazing subtleties of hand dyeing yarns, such gorgeous shades of blue!

A Fabulous Indigo Blue Day!

A great sunny day meant perfect drying weather for a range of beautiful fabrics created by 4 enthusiastic stitchers! Very technical patterns were stitched at speed to produce some amazing effects; another successful indigo class!

The Cambodian Charitable Trust

A couple of years ago I came across the Cambodian Charitable Trust which was setup by Denise Arnold of Tauranga. The board members include patron Theresa Gattung and ambassador Nadia Lim.

As some of you may know both Yvonne and I are keen advocates of education and in particular that of young girls and women. Provenance has previously donated to The Cambodian Charitable Trust because of their focus on providing free, quality education to vulnerable children, especially girls. You can not only donate to this worth charity but also volunteer. Check out their website for more information on what they do and how you can help.

www.cctnz.org.nz

 

What’s Happening at Provenance 2018?

Provenance will be holding the following classes on Auckland Anniversary weekend 2018 (January Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th & Monday 29th)

  • Indigo Dye Class $200 NZD – January Monday 29th

Spend a magical day learning to dye using a natural indigo fermentation vat.

We show you how to:

* setup your own indigo dye vat (indigo kits available @ $30ea)

* simple shibori techniques

* dye using our indigo vat

Maximum of 8 people per class.

All materials included plus morning & afternoon

  • Eco Dye Class $100 NZD – January Sunday 28th

Spend a fun filled 3 hours learning to dye with Japanese indigo using a non-fermentation method as well as experimenting with other easy eco dyeing techniques.

We welcome people new to textile dyeing and those who have dyed before but just haven’t had the time, space or equipment to experiment further!

Maximum of 8 people per class.

All materials included plus morning tea.

  • Kimono Artwork Class $80 NZD – January Saturday 27th

This is a new class for Provenance but one we hope will be a lot of fun and inspiring!

We provide a base fabric pattern and take you through a simple process of layering fabrics to build a 3D kimono. This class allows you to be as creative as you like; you are welcome to bring your own selection of fabrics, threads, beads, fabric paints etc…

Maximum of 8 people per class.

All materials included plus morning & afternoon

Jo Dixey – New Book Release!

Jo Dixey has recently released her new book “Stitch People” which covers 20 projects on modern embroidery techniques. Grab a copy at your local book store today!

Jo will be stitching at All Things Bernina in Westgate Auckland on the 16th September and the Women’s bookshop in Auckland on October 7th.

Handmade in Japan – Kimono

Recently came across this great episode from the Handmade in Japan Series.  Beautiful handmade Kimono’s made on the remarkable island of Amami Oshima in the southern oceans of Japan. Amazing artistry!
Was very interested to see the use of mud in dying the yarn black which is used in many cultures the world over, including Maori here in NZ who traditionally used mud to turn the flax of Piupiu’s black.