Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

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Aug 22

Making Good in Morocco: Knotted Silk Buttons

The story of Amina Yabis and the Cherry Buttons Cooperative (officially the Sefrou Women’s Silk Button Cooperative), a women’s craft cooperative that Amina founded, is a ClothRoads favorite. The knotted silk buttons made by hand by Moroccan women are not only beautiful, but tell a story of empowerment and independence. A wife and mother of

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Aug/22

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Jul 25

Treasuring the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

In the world of the best-of-the-best artisanal markets, none rises higher than the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. For me, no other place exists during the second weekend in July than here, with the global tribe of makers.  These magical three days are filled with festivities, food, music and a market of 190 artists from

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Jul/25

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Jun 06

The Making of African Kuba and Shoowa Raffia Cloth

Reach out and touch. Isn’t that what we fiber folks do? We see something and our hands immediately reach out for the feel. That’s how I met artisan Emmanuel Kasongo. Well, okay–I met his handwoven raffia cloth first. Let me explain. I was drawn into his show booth by the kuba and shoowa cloth backdrop,

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Jun/06

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May 24

Wild Silk Creates a Strong Bond

“While one silk thread is strong, many woven together are stronger.” This is a fomba, or proverb, uniting the many people involved in the production of exquisite wild silk, handwoven products from the island nation of Madagascar, located off the coast of Africa. Malagasy silk weaving is one of the country’s most honored craft traditions

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May/24

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Feb 24

Molo Wool Project and the Artisans of Animals

When Gwen and John Meyer take a yearly vacation, they don’t stay close to home. But “home” is what they found in rural areas of Kenya, Africa.  Since 2007, they have been using their skills in fiber crafts and sheep farming, to provide training in spinning, knitting, weaving, and dyeing to the women of the

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Feb/24

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