Author Archive

Feb 02

Transforming Sari Scraps: The Kantha Hand-Stitch Project

Recycling silk saris has led Julie West from Kathmandu to Kolkata. Whether it’s transforming scraps of silk saris and wool into felted art-to-wear scarves, or kantha hand-stitched silk saris into colorful wraps, Julie is rooted in collaborating with women artisans and helping the environment along the way.→ Read more

Jan 19

Textile Travel Escape to Laos

What’s your response to receiving an email like this: “Last-minute offer—escape to textile heaven in Laos”? I immediately think: textile travel, peaceful and beautifully-lush country, more textile buying opportunities, visits with friends. I dash a quick reply to Narelle Grudgfield of 2World Textile Tours and asked for the itinerary.→ Read more

Jan 12

Guatemalan Weaving Forms a Life

A few nights ago, I sat inside a church basement at a local weaving guild meeting to hear Deborah Chandler lecture on the simple looms of Guatemala and what the weavers do with these looms to create such complex cloth. Almost a year ago, ClothRoads traveled through the Guatemalan Highlands→ Read more

Dec 15

Chocolatadas, A Peruvian Tradition

The annual Chocolatadas is a holiday treat in the weaving villages sponsored by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru. Hot chocolate, bread, toys, and festivities are enjoyed by many children along with their families, including the elderly who have been abandoned, neglected, or are alone.→ Read more

Dec 08

Artisans: Our Gift from Their Hands and Hearts

This is the season of slowing down, celebrating the holidays with family and friends, and gifting of presents made by you or artisans’ hands. Here at ClothRoads we honor the artisans who have made our lives better in so many ways. Over the past five years, we have shared stories→ Read more

Dec 01

ClothRoads Wish List — New Textile Books of 2016

Textile people are book people. It’s inevitable–just as we collect textiles, we collect books. We have to own these books, for in their reading we dream of travel taken or places yet to come; we dream of all the projects yet to be made, or are satisfied by creating them→ Read more

Nov 10

Textile Travel Guide: 10 Tips to Be a Star Textile Ambassador

The time seems ripe for planning a 2017 textile travel trip, doesn’t it? Take some “time out of time” to immerse in a culture or experience that will deepen your understanding of others and expand your textile world.→ Read more

Oct 20

Woven Baskets with Roots from the Rainforest

The intricately patterned woven baskets of the Ye’kwana of Venezuela carry the rich designs of myths and traditions within their hourglass forms.→ Read more

Oct 06

A Week Devoted to Handspinning

How are you celebrating Spinning and Weaving Week? This week has been a long-standing tradition in the handspinning and weaving community for decades. When I owned the Weaving Workshop in Chicago some 30 years ago, we celebrated this week with special demonstrations to the general public. After moving to Colorado→ Read more

Sep 15

Bolivian Handspinners Compete in Spinzilla

Doña Alicia said she will participate in Spinzilla until she dies. She is one of the elderly spinners from the Huancarani community in Bolivia, and is returning for the third straight year to compete in the international spinning competition, October 3-9.→ Read more

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