Archive for the ‘Laos’ Category

The Folk Art Market banners rise above the crowds.

Jul 24

The Splendors of the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

Last week we returned from the yearly “pilgrimage” to the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. This year’s market felt especially fresh, mostly attributable to a third of the artisans being first-timers which meant new textile treats and new friends. Imagine these new artisans being in the U.S. for the first time and having 22,000 people […]

Lustrous silks all natural dyed.

Jul 10

Lao Weaving + Natural Dyes = Hand Woven Cloth

At the start of every trip, I’m reluctant to plop down money at the first hand woven textile which calls to me. But here I was on my first visit to Laos where “Everyone knows how to weave but not how to survive with their weaving” (as explained to me by Rassanikone Nanong, founder of […]

Nilda Callañaupa from CTTC raises cochineal-dyed yarn after a successful dye day in Acopia, Peru.

Jul 03

Celebrate Natural Dyes Red, White, and Blue

Celebrate the Fourth with natural dyes explosion of color–crimson red from cochineal, white (how natural, no dye needed), and blue from indigo. Early Americans used natural dyes to create the flag’s signature red stripes and blue canton. Red The small female insect cochineal (Dactylopius coccus), about the size of a grain of rice, yields a […]

The front view showing the fringe at top; rod is inserted in sleeve on back.

Jun 16

Two Simple Ways to Hang and Display Textiles

How many times have you taken your favorite textile and just pinned it up on the wall? Or grabbed a rod or stick, and folded the textile over it, securing it with a pin or tape to hold it in place? It’s easy enough to do. But it’s certainly not the way to preserve a […]

Resist-dyed indigo fabric.

May 15

An Indigo Blue Day

When packing for the recent Weave a Real Peace (WARP) conference, I realized that my bag was loaded with indigo-dyed or indigo-colored clothes. It reminded me of my navy grade-school uniform. And, as uniforms go, I felt reassured knowing that no matter what I wore, I would be coordinated in the color du jour. Halfway […]

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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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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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 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, […]

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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