Archive for the ‘Weaving’ Category

Fermina Cjuno learned the value of spinning and weaving from her mother.These skills provided a means of survival.

Dec 04

Andean Handspinners Are Master Makers

It’s the time of year when the pressure mounts for us makers. We so desire to gift someone with something made by hand that we start knitting or spinning or sewing or “fill-in-the-blanks” right about now. And if the gift is an accessory, there’s time to complete it. Or if→ Read more
The T'nalak ikat cloth is pounded after being woven.

Oct 30

Woven Dreams of T’nalak Ikat

Strip, split, knot, design, tie, dye, weave, pound, iron. Each of these steps goes into the weaving of the exquisitely complex T’nalak, a resist-dyed (ikat) abaca fiber, which is backstrap woven by T’boli women in the southern Philippines.→ 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
A view of Machu Picchu in the morning hours.

Oct 09

Go Beyond Textile Armchair Travel

It’s my annual fall ritual–I buy next year’s calendar and stare at all those blank days, days of potential for travel, ClothRoads trunk shows, conferences, exhibits, and the challenge to fit it in with work and volunteer time. It’s the time of year that countries, rich in textile-making traditions, beckon→ Read more
The anjat basket is started from the top and woven to the bottom.

Sep 23

A Traditional Rattan Basket Carries a Load

Only skillful artisans can weave baskets made of rattan strips, designed with bold motifs, and continue to sustain their forests and traditions. The artisans of the Dayak Benuaq, a subtribe of Dayak who live in West Kutai, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, are that skilled. Currently, about 75 artisans from the Eheng→ Read more
Harvesting of dajudie plant is done by women and men of the community. Photo by Ines Hinojosa.

Sep 12

A Natural Fiber Forms a Bond among Ayoreo Women

Strong. Resilient. Tenacious. That’s my description of the naturally-dyed fiber bags, designed and created by the Cheque Oitedie Cooperative from the Ayoreo community of Bolivia. But it’s also describes the character of the women who are its makers.→ Read more
Doña Antonia Crespo is a member of Club de Artesanas and team Warmis Phuskadoras.

Sep 04

Spinzilla: Bolivian Team Competes in Hand Spinning

Have you heard about Spinzilla and the Warmis Phuskadoras? The what? Let me tell you–this October, ClothRoads is sponsoring a group of twenty-five Bolivian hand spinners, named the Warmis Phuskadoras, in an international hand spinning competition, Spinzilla. (Warmis is Quechua for women, Phuska is Quechua for drop spindle, and the→ Read more
It was Dahyabhai's first market and his first time in the U.S. Judy Frater, Founder Director of Somaiya Kala Vidya is on right and I'm on his left.

Aug 28

Indian Hand Weaver Meets Santa Fe Folk Art Market

Spending immersive time with hand weaver and textile designer Dayalal Kudecha (Dahyabhai) from India, twice within an eight-month period, was a rich learning experience. I introduced you to Dahyabhai in January after meeting him at the weaving gathering in Peru. At that time, he had just learned of his acceptance→ Read more
Peruvian belts, known as chumpis, come in a variety of patterns, widths, and lengths.

Aug 07

5 Ideas with Steps for Displaying Narrow, Long Textiles

Displaying textiles, especially narrow, long ones such as bands and braids, can be a challenge. Dangling them over a rod is an easy solution, but not very attractive. Plus, there are visual and conservation considerations: A proper mount needs to account for any inherent weakness in the textile, be aesthetically→ Read more
Indigo-dyed silk with spiral woodblock pattern.

Jul 30

Come Behind-the-Scenes: Naturally Dyeing and Printing Silk Fabric

How often does one get to travel to India and see the actual natural dye process and block printing of your own fabric? Follow along and you’ll get to see the video of the making of this mulberry silk, hand woven in a window-pane gauze, being created under the guidance→ Read more

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