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Silks of Southeast Asia: An Exploration

Silks of Southeast Asia: An Exploration

by Geoffrey McGinley

Ever wondered how those gorgeous, colorful Southeast Asian silks are created? From the ikat-patterned Hoi silks of Cambodia to stunning Indian Dupionis, hand-dyed silk from Thailand to to Vietnamese brocade, textiles from this region are as stunning as they are diverse. Learn how these gorgeous, unique fabrics are made — and how you can wear them ethically.

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Wild Australia: The Simpson desert

Wild Australia: The Simpson desert

by Alice McGlashan

The colours of fabrics in our first series inspired my choice of photo shoot locations, being the tropical forests of far north Queensland, and the red sandy Simpson Desert literally in the center of Australia. I’m soul-happiest living in a place where I wake up to a wilderness environment. My loved ones are discovering that the longer I am cooped up with wings clipped due to excessive commitments in a big city, the further I…

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Monsoon Rags photo shoots – behind the scenes

Monsoon Rags photo shoots – behind the scenes

by Alice McGlashan

The modeling and photography for our first series, social media and website were done by myself (Alice McGlashan). I have a love of wild places, and have honed my skills in landscape and wildlife photography while exploring wilderness areas for my own interests over the years. Given that we are an Australian-based business, our plan is to showcase beautiful Australian wild locations via our photo shoots and by writing a series of blogs...

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The Monsoon Rags fairy’s earrings, all hand made!

The Monsoon Rags fairy’s earrings, all hand made!

by Alice McGlashan

During an early photo shoot, I discovered that my personal collection of dainty earrings purchased on globe trotting expeditions were nearly invisible in photographs. I’d purchased super-light weight, teeny-tiny earrings that could be worn all day at work and that felt invisible. This is the only kind of jewellery that you will generally see me wearing, except for special occasions. We were going to source and sell earrings made by designers in developing countries...

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Our fabrics

Our fabrics

by Alice McGlashan

There is a delightful variety of hand woven fabrics created in different corners of the world. The more researching and exploring I do, the more I realize how much more exploration is begging to be done. For a creative colour and pattern-lover like myself, hand-woven fabrics have provided me with a wealth of creative inspiration for designing classic, modern wearables. The fabric comes first, the designs come later. No doubt we will...

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Monsoon Rags: from pipe dream to reality

Monsoon Rags: from pipe dream to reality

by Alice McGlashan

How it began. I first went backpacking in Indonesia at age 5 with my mother, which no doubt began my enjoyment of being exposed to other cultures, appreciation of traditional art forms such as textiles and dance, as well as encouragement of my own artistic self-expression (via compulsory daily word and hand-drawn picture diary entries). I’ve since travelled to and lived in many countries across the world, with a particular focus on...

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Introducing the Monsoon Rags fairy

Introducing the Monsoon Rags fairy

by Alice McGlashan

So who is the Monsoon Rags fairy you may ask? Well she’s me (Alice McGlashan), but with make-up, sometimes with curling-ironed hair and generally looking much more demure and ladylike than I ever do. I personally rarely wear make up and had never used a hair curling iron before deciding to model Monsoon Rags designs. Despite my best attempts, I’m also a bit of a dag no matter how much effort is...

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