Author Archive

Sep 13

Bandhani to Shibori, How an Indian Artisan Innovates

It’s the strong pull of the tactile that brings forth memories. For Abdul Aziz Khatri from Kutch, India, it was the learning of bandhani, a resist-dyeing technique, at the feet of his elders that permeated his tactile senses providing a connection to cloth and imbedding cultural meaning.→ Read more

Aug 16

Witnessing Change in Lao Textiles

Traveling to Laos once or twice a year for over twenty years, I have witnessed remarkable changes in the textile field. As tourism developed, new markets for Lao textiles opened and designers from the U.S.A., Europe, Japan, and Australia came to work with local weavers introducing new ideas, designs, materials→ Read more

Aug 09

Memories of Friendship on the Cloth Road

What are the threads that bind friendships? This past Sunday, disparate friends of Dee Lockwood’s came together to celebrate her life, to share their memories, to laugh, to cry. Dee was ClothRoads’s business partner and a long-term friend; she left this life too soon on June 23. I’m sharing some→ Read more

Jun 21

Indian Artisans and Design Education

It was a rare opportunity to meet Judy Frater, the Founder Director of Somaiya Kala Vidya (SKV), an institute for artisans’ education in Kutch, Gujarat, while attending Tinkuy in Cusco, Peru, in November, and again the following month on Christmas Eve in Oaxaca, Mexico, where we were visiting friends and→ Read more

Jun 14

Celebrate Folk Art and Volunteer with Global Artisans

In the world of the best-of-the-best artisanal markets, none rises higher than the International Folk Art Market on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This July marks 15 years of art and impact as 150 folk artists from 50 countries gather at the world’s largest, most diverse folk art festival→ Read more

May 10

Mothers as Artisans

I’m seated on the ground next to a Peruvian artisan from Chinchero, Peru, as she weaves on a backstrap loom. I carefully watch her fingers deftly picking a pattern, a pattern she has memorized, no notes needed. A baby is wailing close by, very close by. Looking around, I don’t→ Read more

Apr 12

Textile Travel to Peruvian Highlands

In our monthly textile events calendar, we highlight a textile tour, either one we have taken or know the person leading the tour. Since adding this listing a year ago, we’ve learned one thing—you love to travel. And if traveling is textile-focused, all the better. We’ve also learned that you→ Read more

Mar 22

Amina Yabis, More Than A Moroccan Button Maker

Amina Yabis is a grassroots feminist button maker. She went from being a Moroccan housewife to founding and leading an organization helping thousands of women and girls to gain education and a voice through traditional Moroccan textile crafts. ClothRoads first interviewed and wrote about Amina in 2012. We had the→ Read more

Mar 15

Guatemalan Basket Makers Triumph

Two years ago, I wrote this blog about our visit with the Guatemalan basket makers at the Mayan Hands field office in Panajachel. Every time ClothRoads receives a shipment of baskets, we marvel at the ingenuity and skill of the women who make them. We’ve followed along with their updates→ Read more

Mar 08

Meet an Indian Woman Bandhani Artisan

Most bandhani artisans in Kutch-Gujurat, India, are men who come from the Khatri lineage—they create the designs and dye, and the women tie the fine dot, resist-dyed patterns. Zakiya Adil Khatri is changing that. From childhood on, Zakiya was deeply interested in handicrafts and knew she wanted to make a→ Read more

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