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Dreamlike State

How can photography be both sharp in focus yet dreamlike? Meet Thomas Ives photographer who shows his work in abstract sea and urban images using his photojournalism techniques. We are excited to be representing his photography. Learn more about his work on our store page. If you are in the Portland area we will have his work up in our studio, so stop by!

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Made by the Hand

As you you know Cloth and Goods core principle and belief is to work with artisans that use traditional methods. We collaborate to make the products look, feel and function modern for the home. I see a resurgence of this idea everywhere. Here is one of my favorite quotes about the the handmade:

“Made by hand the craft object bears the fingerprints, real or metaphorical, of the person who fashioned it. these fingerprints are not e equivalent of the artist’s signature, for they are not a name. Nor are they a make or a brand. They are a sign: the almost invisible scar commemorating our original brotherhood and sisterhood. ”

By Octavio Paz

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The Indigo Trail

These indigo maps are taken from Catherine Legrand’s book “Indigo The Color that Changed the World”. Here are just a few maps that show places that still keep the traditional methods of indigo dyeing alive in their culture. Just yesterday the BBC news reported the crumbling dye pits in Nigeria, needing to revise the indigo textiles from the modern culture. Once known of as ” the blue men of the desert” (indigo staining their faces) they are now relying on tourism and outside traders. And what makes it even harder for tourism is when war threatens their country.

When we think of indigo we immediately go to the Far East, Japan, China, India etc. I have specialized in mostly in Japanese indigo as well as African but indigo is quite popular in the Western parts of Europe as well as Central America.

We are in the middle of production that will be ready on our site late winter, indigo pillows from Eastern Europe. We can’t wait to show you!

Each region has a quality of their own. So stay tuned.

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Happy Holidays and New Year

To all our friends and customers around the globe, thank you for your support and good energy. Enjoy your loved ones!

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I very rarely write about other companies especially the bigger stores, the more corporate but I couldn’t help myself wondering what was going on when I walked into a Crate and Barrel. I was pleasantly surprised by the aesthetics and quality of some of their products and furniture. Know wonder, Italian designer Paola Navone has designed a beautiful collection from dinnerware to textiles and furniture. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

From the Mediterranean Como collection- blue and white bowls and the blue and white gauzy linen table cloths.

Mallorca table cloth in white linen with black rim and the Riviera marble dinning table- she nailed it!!! Pictures from Crate and Barrel website.

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Holiday Gift Guides

Everywhere stores are posting Holiday Gift Guides so we are too but we want to remember that the most important in all our bustling about is to love one another and to treat each other with respect and kindness.

Have fun shopping!

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Portland Bazaar

Come see us for the best Holiday shopping market place!

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Madesmith Blog

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Support Your Small Business Saturday Nov 30

Starts online and in studio on Black Friday Nov 29th, Small Business Saturday Nov 30 though Cyber Monday. Take 20% off everything- just enter the promo code smallbusiness when you check out.

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“Cloth & Goods’ Hyper-Curated Global Style”

From Portland Monthly Magazine – Look Book- Best of Portland Design + Style -Online Thanks for the write up Zach Dundas!

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