I sometimes like to add a fabric passe partout (also known as a mat or border) to my paintings. Since I paint on multi-layered, handmade mulberry paper where the weave of the tree pulp is visible, the overall effect is multi-textured. Of course, there is always a bit of tongue-in-cheek with my choice in fabrics. Here is a wool material mat/passe partout surrounding some sheep.

Three Sheep Miniature by Jean Tori 2002 with a wool mat

Three Sheep Miniature by Jean Tori 2002 with a wool mat

Here I created a juxtaposition of Umbrian countryside against a Chinese red silk embroidered fabric.

Along Umbrian Lines Miniature by Jean Tori 2002 with red silk mat

Along Umbrian Lines Miniature by Jean Tori 2002 with red silk mat

For my teapot I added a Chinese blue and white indigo dyed material with a floral pattern.

Blue Teapot XVII by Jean Tori 2010 with blue and white mat

Blue Teapot XVII by Jean Tori 2010 with blue and white mat

This is the website of the Mountain Folkcraft shop in Hong Kong where I have been buying my indigo fabric for the last 30 years: http://mountainfolkcraft.com/tag/fabric/