Archive for the ‘United States’ 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 […]

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 […]

Jacquard woven shibori, naturally dyed with indigo, weld and chlorophyl.

Mar 06

Going Green with Natural Dyes and Shibori

With spring approaching, my thoughts turn to “green” and what that word means to me as a woven shibori expert and natural dyer. The Range of Greens From a technical perspective, the natural dyeing of green requires two different steps: attaining a yellow dye from a plant followed by dyeing in an indigo vat. There is […]


Aug 08

New Book Tells Stories of Life-Changing Artistry

Carmella Padilla is the author of The Work of Art: Folk Artists of the 21st Century, a breathtakingly beautiful tribute to the first decade of the International Folk Art Market, to all of the artists whose long journeys brought them to Santa Fe, and to the ways that folk art honors, changes, and brings economic […]


Oct 02

ClothRoads Invited to Textile Bazaar in San Francisco

ClothRoads will be exhibiting in San Francisco on October 21st at the 4th Annual Textile Bazaar. A treasure trove of unusual fabric will be available at St. Anne of the Sunset Church, 1300 Funston (at Judah) in San Francisco.  This event is sponsored by The Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museum in San […]


Sep 07

The Alchemy of Indigo

The smell wafts up from the handwoven, indigo-dyed cotton cloth as I’m ironing it. It’s an unmistakable odor—a little sweet, a little pungent. If you’ve dyed with indigo, you know this smell and you understand the magical, transformative process of this dye. Many people have been taken in by indigo’s magic. You don’t have to […]


Aug 31

ClothRoads will be exhibiting at the 2012 Textile Society of America Marketplace

    Join us for a special TEXTILE MARKETPLACE during the Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium, held September 20-22 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. The Marketplace will feature wearable art, textiles, books, yarn, fabric, and other textile-related merchandise available for purchase. Don’t miss this opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind items from […]


Jul 27

A Look Back at Santa Fe Folk Art Festival 2012

    Thursday, July 12 we attended the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival Community Celebration. Thousands gather to celebrate the artists. It’s free and open to the public. This short iPhone movie gives you a glimpse of the artists in their traditional dress. You’ll have to look carefully because there are some beautiful textiles! And […]

Stirring the indigo pot in Laos.

Mar 17

My Mood Is Indigo

It’s summer and the indigo dye pot is alive and well, being fed by various students at the former Textile Arts Centre in Chicago. I can smell the dye pot—it’s a disagreeable odor, one like no other. Not putrid, nor sweet–somewhere in between, or not. If you’ve dyed with indigo, you know exactly what I […]


Nov 30

Dyeing a Woven Shibori Scarf

Woven shibori is the perfect medium to explore natural dyes, resists, and layering of colors. One doesn’t even have to weave on a loom in order to work with this technique if you are using the woven shibori “blanks” that are woven at The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, NC and available in the ClothRoads shop.  […]

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