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Indigo resist sample by Judy Newland, "Enter Through the Blue Door."

Sep 10

Natural Dyes: Explore the World of Indigo

Our journey through the ancient and mysterious world of the natural dye indigo begins here at ClothRoads. We’ll ride the indigo magic carpet throughout the holiday season. Let’s begin with an overview of this dye deeply embedded in cultures around the world–one that is both art and science, and touches the→ Read more
Swiss fabric company Jacob Schlaepfer has been producing hand-embellished fabrics for fashion designers and home décor for over 100 years. This beaded and embroidered piece was in the Ralph & Russo Summer 2015 collection. Photo courtesy: Jacob Schlaepfer.

Jun 25

Talking Textiles: An Endangered Species

I’d gladly spend any time talking about textiles. So when Lidewij Edelkoort of Trend Union was noted as a speaker at the “Talking Textiles” seminar, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Her company, Edelkoort, Inc, along with curator Philip Fimmano had organized this half-day event at Parsons School of Design. With presentations→ Read more
This lush book by Catherine Legrand with over 500 examples of indigo textiles is captivating and informative.

Oct 16

Indigo: The Color Which Will Change Your World

Is there another dye that holds such deep, almost magical, powers as indigo? One that is called by so many names, such as ai (Japan), landian (China), chàm (Laos and Vietnam), nila ( India), gara (Africa), or añil (Central America)? One that beckons the spirits or causes mutinies?→ Read more
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→ Read more
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→ Read more
Jacquard woven shibori, naturally dyed with indigo, weld and chlorophyl.

Mar 06

Going Green with Natural Dyes and Shibori

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

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→ Read more

Oct 02

ClothRoads Invited to Textile Bazaar in San Francisco


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.→ Read more

Aug 31

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

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