Written on August 2, 2011
Live and learn. Until this spring, when I found this length of plaid kaya, or traditional hemp mosquito netting, I hadn’t seen any kaya that was patterned. Previously, I had seen it only undyed or piece dyed in blue, green or blue green–or, in the case of mid-to-late 20th century examples, dyed in a kind of gradient ombre.So, not only was it a real treat (it still is) to find patterned kaya, it was especially gratifying to find such a good looking example.The kaya certainly shows wear, some overall light fading and some faded splotches, but what a gorgeous length of asa cloth.The green color is woven into the cloth, not stencil applied. And it’s subtle. And beautiful.