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Fabulous festi gear

Eye popping Indonesian-style Dutch wax batik dresses, shoes, hats, cushions – and brollies – to get you in the festival mood

Inspired by their time in East Africa and designed by them back in Somerset, Zara d’Abo and Nathalie Sergent’s eye popping Indonesian-style Dutch wax batik printed clothing and accessories at Settlers Stores in Frome – and online – are the perfect festival gear.


Dress to chill

The classic Elsa shirt dress, named after the lion in Born Free, comes in a range of gloriously colourful Dutch wax patterns. An imitation of Indonesian hand batik printing originally copied by Dutch textile manufacturers in the 19th century, the 100% cotton fabrics are made in the Netherlands and are an homage to Nigerian-British contemporary artist, Yinka Shonibare. This turquoise will look stunning against a tanned skin.

Elsa shirt dress, from £185

The Johnson wrap dress, takes its name from photographer, author, documentary maker and explorer Osa Johnson who studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa in the first half of the 20th century. This version is a soft denim lined with Dutch wax batik but there are four other colourways, some of which are reversible.

Johnson wrap dress, from £150

The kaftan that’s cut to flatter not flutter. The fabrics are constantly changing so each piece in the Settlers collection is a limited edition.

Knee length kaftan, from £155

Skirts, too. Each design tells a story, the knee-length box pleated Kingsley skirt was inspired by Mary Kingsley, who left a spinster’s life in England to become an explorer and champion of Western traders and African people. Crashing into a concealed leopard pit lined with 12-inch ivory spikes while collecting species of fish and beetles, she exclaimed ‘it is at these times you realise the blessing of a good thick skirt’.

Kingsley skirts, £180


If the shoe fits

Made exclusively in Kenya for Settlers Stores, the leather and Nile Perch fish skin (yes, really) sandals, are super comfy and available in three zingy colourways:  blue/orange, green/turquoise and pink/green.

Leather and fish skin sandals, Sizes 37–42, £45


Shady lady

Keep the sun off your nose with a trilby.


Sitting comfortably?

You will be if you bring along a few of these cushions. Seven different colourways, including our fave tangerine dream. Psychedelic, man.

Dutch wax cushion, 50cm x 50cm, £50


Come rain or come shine

OK, so it didn’t rain at Glasto this time but… Their jolly brollies are fully waterproofed, with proper wooden handles, spoke ends and come in six sizzling designs.

Raindrop, £65


Also in store, concertina lanterns, colourful plastic mats, woven baskets and a range of contemporary Scottish tweeds, much of which is lined with the batiks. It’s a seemingly unlikely combo that works but that’s another story…

Buy online or visit the Settlers Store in Frome to see the full range of women and men’s clothing and accessories.

Settlers Stores, 5 Cheap Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BN. Tel 01373 455 044/07771 787 283.

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