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Feb 10

Scaffold Weave, Ancient Andean Weaving

Scaffold weave is one of the most unusual weaving techniques in the world and existed only in the Andean region of South America. The complexity of the woven textiles in this ancient world is still fascinating scholars, weavers and textile lovers today. Current day weavers in the Peruvian Highlands, particularly→ Read more

Nov 03

Kantha: Ancient Hand Stitch Revival

Kantha is an ancient form of hand-stitch embroidery originating in India. The word kantha means “rags” in Sanskrit, reflecting a tradition of using discarded clothing or garments to remake old cloth into bed coverings and other household items. Kantha also refers to the indigenous quilt form and to the running→ Read more

Sep 08

ClothRoads Studio – Touching a World of Textiles

Naturally dyed fabrics, handwoven ikats, exquisitely soft cashmere and huggable wooly toys. Welcome to my textile world,  CLOTHROADS: A Global Textile Marketplace, and my work home for the past year.→ Read more

Jul 14

Creating Connected Textile Communities

World cultures gathered in Santa Fe last week to celebrate artisans and their amazing range of handcrafted products at the International Folk Art Festival. This cross cultural collaboration brought Weave A Real Peace (WARP) members to the market to volunteer, learn, share, support and celebrate the artisans in their pursuit of→ Read more

Jun 09

Spinning a World of Cotton

White cotton, colored cotton, organic cotton, algodon, cuyuscate, ixcaco, and kuyuchi – cotton in all its varieties and names has shaped history and culture. This small seed has been secreted in pockets and carried to new lands. It has sprouted revolutions. And with the spread of genetically modified seeds, organic→ Read more

May 11

Maguey, Ancient Wonder Plant

Let’s follow our ancient plant path and explore the wonders of the fiber maguey. Its fascinating history rivals that of hemp fiber. → Read more

Mar 24

Hemp: An Ancient Fiber for a Sustainable Future

Hemp is an ancient plant that protects the environment and provides fiber for soft durable fabric. A fiber from the Cannibis plant,  it is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. It builds soil, resists insects and requires a minimum of water. Anthropologists maintain that throughout history, hemp→ Read more

Jan 14

The Ancient Art of Natural Dye Purple

Thousands of tiny snails were sacrificed to make the royal purple of ancient times. Owning a cloth handwoven and colored with this natural dye was a symbol of high status—the power and wealth of royalty and the church.→ Read more

Nov 12

Indigo and the Stories of Our Lives

Indigo is a natural dye deeply embedded in cultures around the world. Many times as my blue hands pull cloth out of vats of indigo, I ponder the question – why do we do what we do? What can be accomplished by passing on the techniques of creating cloth and→ Read more

Oct 15

A Beginner’s Way to Indigo and Shibori

No skills required. Really. It’s easy. Natural dyeing with indigo and shibori resist techniques can be done quickly without prior dyeing or weaving experience with these artisan-designed methods.→ Read more

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