10am to 6pm, December 13 - 24
The Language of Cloth
650-A Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA
From SF Station:
Pop-up shops come and go—one that has popped up consistently in the Mission over the years is the language of Cloth, on Guerrero near 18th Street, steps away from Tartine, and the Mission gourmet corridor.
Each year a long narrow garage is transformed into a veritable silk road of textile treasures. Proprietor, Daniel Gundlach travels most of the year throughout Southeast Asia to find hand made cloth, scarves, shawls, sarongs, bags, wall hangings, clothing, ceremonial and ethnic textiles, and accessories for the home. When he is not searching the backroads of Southeast Asia, Daniel is busy in his small workshop in Yogyakarta, Central Java, collaborating with local batik makers to produce his own unique designs in batik on hand woven silk and other fabrics.
This year’s the language of Cloth pop-up shop is themed sutera, the Indonesian word for silk. It is all about silk and features beautiful hand woven scarves, made from the silk collected from the wild indigenous silkworms of Java, colored by nature in shades of gold and chocolate.
This year’s shop will expand into an adjacent space for the first time, to include a collection of mid-century modern kimonos, haoris, and obis. The surprisingly bold and colorful designs are not of the subdued quality usually associated with Japanese design.
Passing through the length of the shop is like taking a mini textile tour of Southeast Asia where you can see hand woven silk scarves from award winning weavers from Laos, lustrous silk cloth from Issan Northern Thailand, hand drawn batik on silk from Java, and ethnic textiles from tribal areas of Burma.
Daniel hand selects every piece with the eyes of an artist, sensitivity to the needs of the artisans, and with an awareness of the impact on the environment of their production. He is deeply committed to preserving the cultural integrity of textile artisans and indigenous textiles.
He always stocks a wide selection of affordable and beautiful textiles under $20.