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Vietnam Textiles

Vietnam Textiles

There are many artistic avenues through which the Vietnamese express themselves such as silk painting, theatre, and wood carving. Below are explanations of the origins and development of a few key textiles and techniques. Vietnam textiles are beautiful.


silk-weaving-hadong-vietnam Vietnam textiles have been amazing for centuries, Vietnam has been silk weaving and creating beautiful embroidery. During feudal times silk was thought of as a great luxury, only worn by kings, queens and mandarins. Through out history and its dynasties, Vietnam has always had rules concerning colour, ornamentation, style and fabric of clothes worn by aristocrats. The clothes of those in power featured the royal symbols of dragons, phoenixes and tortoises.

Vietnam’s best silk is called ‘Ha Dong’ silk and comes from of Ha Tay, southwest of Hanoi in the Red River Delta. It is believed that the art of silk weaving originated here some 2,000 years ago. However it was between the 16th 18th centuries when this region’s silk industry flourished. Today, techniques and quality have changed but there are many villages that always have and still do produce silk, for example La Ca.

To produce silk, the first stage is the weaving of the cloth to make every thread uniformly in line to ensure a smooth and soft fabric. It is then soaked, washed, dried, kept with forest resin, dyed, and sun dried twice. The resin is extracted at different points of the season for different colours. This chemical free process creates beautifully shiny and durable silk.



All over Vietnam, its people use embroidery as a form of cultural expression. It was introduced into the northprovinces of Vietnam during the 17th century from China, when originally silk embroidery only used five thread colours – yellow, red, green, violet and blue.

However embroidery is thought to have existed in the village of Van Lam for seven centuries. More than 75% of the population is skilled in the embroidery with lace, due to teachings being passed down through generations. Their work varies from the size of a hand to large wall hangings. Tribes like the Hmong and Dao also use their own unique intricate embroidery and braiding styles to embellish their clothing. The Hmong also use beautiful batik designs to decorate their clothing.


Applique is used by the Hmong to set apart and identify particular tribes, but was first developed as a way of story telling. Now it has developed into an art form for many communities. This ancient technique involves sewing on fabric shapes by hand to produce decorative patterns and shapes.

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If you’d like to find out more about these techniques and get involved in the culture, Colouricious are running a textile trip to Vietnam in November 2015. If you would like to find out more, do not hesitate to visit our website or contact us below.

Hand Embroidery with Shisha

Hand Embroidery with Shisha


Shisha or Abla Bharat embroidery , or mirror-work, is a type of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors reflect metal to fabric. Mirror embroidery is spread throughout Asia, and today can be found in the traditional embroidery of Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Indonesia.

It is a really lovely way to adorn and embellish your textile crafting projects and it makes them stand out from the crowd.
We have an excellent video on our YouTube channel that show you how to sew with Shisha mirrors. You can click on the video below to watch it.

shisha video

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Special Offers


We have some wonderful special offers running at the moment, and I sure if you take a look on our website you will find the perfect set of blocks for you. With Autumn fast approaching, why not take advantage of this lovely set of 8 tree blocks. They would look beautiful on lots of different craft projects and at a sale price of £48 for all 8 blocks, that works out at only £6 per block which is excellent value for money. If you are interested in buying this set of blocks then they are called TS03 Full set of tree stamps and you can find them by clicking their name.


Next Quilt Show

Knitting Stitching Show

The London Knitting & Stitching Show opens on Wednesday this week and runs until Sunday 11th October. Colouricious will be on Stand G32 and we would really love any of you who are attending to pop over and say hello. I know how much you all like crafting and working with wooden printing blocks, and it is always so nice to see you all.

Come and say hello on any of the days and I will make sure I give you an extra special deal on anything you buy.


Colouricious Holidays


This is a really busy time for our Colouricious Holidays as the climate in India is perfect for us to visit and see all the wonderful sights of this magical country. The prime season for us runs from October through to about April and we have several excellent trips packed into these months.

2016 is going to be extra special for Colouricious in terms of the trips and tours that we run as we are expanding the number of destinations substantially. I have recently spent a week in Delhi with our partners carefully choosing the very best destinations for us to offer and we have come up with several new locations in India as well as visiting Sri Lanka for the very first time which s hugely exciting.

Each holiday has been chosen with the specific requirements of the followers of Colouricious, so will include trips to villages to see how families make and use crafting techniques that have been handed down through the generations. You will also get to try some of the techniques for yourself as well if you want.

I am very excited about what 2016 has in store for us, so if you would like to join me on any of these lovely trips then visit our website, choose the trip you want to go on and reserve your place.

Come and say hello on any of the days and I will make sure I give you an extra special deal on anything you buy.

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Jamie Malden
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Hand Stitching trees

Hand Stitching trees

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Would you like to block print and hand stitch your own fabric ? Buy Colouricious wooden printing blocks for this project !

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Block printing trees

Block printing trees

Hug a tree today ! Here are our tree Colouricious wooden printing blocks. Use them for block printing for your textile design and paper crafts. These particular wood stamps are wonderful for embroidery projects too! Just another little idea for you… try pressing them into clay to create something truly unique with your pottery. You will be amazed and delighted with the creative potential of block printing trees with your mixed media projects. We have 3 sets for you to choose from. Find the one that you love the most.
All of these trees are all roughly 4 inches high and 2.5 inches wide.
GFTP1 Tree stamps set 1
to order set 1
GFTP2 Tree art prints

to order set 2
GFTPB Full set of tree stamps
If you love trees and cannot choose which set you adore, then have them all!
Please remember that to get good quality printing you must put a foam mat underneath your fabric or paper when you are block printing.

Mixed Media Artist – Beryl Taylor – Surface Design

Mixed Media Artist Beryl Taylor teaching this workshop.


Beryl Taylor is a British mixed media artist who loves to experiment with various products, such as wood stamps, hand embroidery, tyvek, lutradur and stitch. Now living in America, she has had a full and busy professional artistic life as a mixed media artist, teaching at many events. She loves to share her sewing skills and creativity watching her students blossom under her inspiration. Surface design is a particular area where she loves to combine and mix and match mixed media products.

Learn more details about this mixed media workshop with Beryl Taylor

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see full range of Colouricious wooden printing blocks

Beryl Taylor has published a book called Mixed Media Explorations. In this book she blends paper, fabric and embellishments to create inspired designs. This is an all time favourite book for many creative people.

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