Archive for the ‘Laos’ Category

Silk-Yarn

Dec 12

A Handwoven Jewel: Silk Scarf with Scarf Tying Demo

Perhaps it’s the cold winter which settled in this past week inspiring me to dig into the scarf drawer and pull out this little jewel of a handwoven silk scarf. Perhaps it’s the view of my dark-colored wardrobe that needs some perking up with a bright accent. Or maybe, it’s the fact that my hair

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Dec/12

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Oct 05

From Laos to Peru: A Young Global Artisan Has Weaving Dreams

Do you remember the first time you traveled outside of your state, never mind out of your country or halfway around the world? Or when you attended your first weaving conference and met your “tribe” of other weavers? What about doing both and being only 20 years of age? Let me introduce you to Mone

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Oct/05

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Sep 26

When Not Just Any Handwoven Towel Will Do, Go Organic

I’ve been on a slow journey to replace many household items with artisan-made ones. At the top of the list, are the functional textiles because they’re used daily. My husband, who does most of the cooking, likes to have dish towels ready to grab no matter where he is in the kitchen. Towels hang from

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Sep/26

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Sep 12

Scarf of the Month: Naturally Dyed Weft Ikat from Laos

In last week’s blog, I introduced you to the various types of ikat. Admittedly, ikat has intrigued me since college when, without really understanding its complexity, I registered for an independent study in ikat. Without any direction, other than a few books available at the time, I figured out a primitive process of warp ikat,

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Sep/12

Traditional Warp Ikat from Ecuador.

Sep 05

Fooled by Ikat

“Fool me once” or “I am a fool for ikat”. Both statements about me are true. In April, I was in Ecuador searching for some traditional ikat. This particular day, we were in the region where traditional ikat was still being woven; we just hadn’t seen the real deal yet (read about the Ecuadorian ikat

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Sep/05

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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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May 16

From the Indigo Vat to Woven Cloth in Laos

Why is it every time I think of an indigo vat, the lyrics “Can’t you smell that smell?” pop out of my mouth? Assuredly, Lynyrd Skynyrd was not referring to indigo in his song. But here I was at the Lao-Japan Traditional Cultural Education Center in Vientiane and out it comes. That smell guided me

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May/16

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May 09

ClothRoads Scarf of the Month: Traveling Blocks in Weaving

What better combination is there than naturally-dyed silk and a simple weaving structure? If you’ve been following my ClothRoads scarf of the month, you’ve probably noticed a trend—I like simple, yet intriguing, hand woven structures. Ones that beg for a closer look to decipher how a weaver uses a traditional technique or pattern, and translates

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May/09

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Jun 01

Seductive Silk Meets Jeweled Stripes

Being on a textile adventure in one of the most desirable weaving spots of the world, there’s simply no time to waste in seeking out handwoven, artisan-made silk scarves and other accessories. I didn’t have far to go from the hotel either, just wandered a bit until I saw the sign, a simple but elegant

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Jun/01

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Apr 19

No Dry Cleaning Needed: Here’s How to Wash Handwoven Cloth

“Is it necessary to dry clean handwoven cloth?” “Is special detergent necessary?” These are very common “care”  questions we are asked about our cloth and products. After I wrote my blog on the Indian handwoven and naturally dyed silk fabric, I decided to do a wash test on ClothRoads’s new handwoven, naturally dyed silk fabric

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Apr/19

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