At the West Coast Craft Show at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 6–7), the designer and maker of "modern ecological textiles to support a non-disposable life,” whose retail shop is located in the Mill Valley Lumber Yard, is set to display and auction off a large quilt made of pieces of hand-dyed indigo donated by people from Japan, Australia, Thailand and throughout the United States.
Ambatalia will send 100 percent of the proceeds to International Rivers, a nearly 30-year-old organization “at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.”
De Vries kicked off the project in September via Instagram, calling on indigo dyers from around the globe to send pieces of hand-dyed indigo to Ambatalia. De Vries and a group of volunteers then stitched the pieces of indigo together ovver the next several weeks.
De Vries says the design of the quilt was inspired by the Japanese "boro" style of stitching indigo-dyed rags to mend over and over again. Their tradition was born out of necessity and mending what they had.
“Tapping into my creativity and resourcefulness in this way gives me the most pleasure in my day,” she says. “Indigo blue is a reflection of our rivers, sky and oceans and a patchwork of healing hands stretched across the world echoing, ‘I am a part of this.’”
The 411: The West Coast Craft show is set for Dec. 6-7 in the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Ambatalia is at 129 Miller Ave., Suite A. Click here for more info.