Hermes’s New Ikat-inspired Tableware

  • A cup and saucer set from the collection.

    A cup and saucer set from the collection.

  • Twenty-four-karat gold is hand-applied to the pieces in France.

    Twenty-four-karat gold is hand-applied to the pieces in France.

  • Some 30 porcelain pieces comprise the collection.

    Some 30 porcelain pieces comprise the collection.

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Once fashioned into the kimonos of Japanese nobility and gowns of Marie Antoinette, the intricately dyed and woven threads of ikat—Indonesian for “to tie”—are nothing new in the realm of status symbols. Most recently, their hazy, cloud-like patterns are the inspiration for Hermès’s new tableware collection, Voyage en Ikat. Made in the French porcelain capital Limoges, the pieces comprise a dinner service set ranging from saucers to a soup tureen, each with beautiful jewel hues of emerald, sapphire, and ruby bleeding across their surfaces, touched with 24-karat matte gold hand-applied by Hermès craftsmen (from US$230; Hermès). —Gabrielle Lipton

This article originally appeared in the April/May print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Indonesian Inspiration”)

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