Author Archive

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

Feb 15

Kandahar Treasure: Afghan Women Embroidering a Future

As one khamak embroidery stitch builds upon another, so too does the narrative of each woman’s life touched by the work of Kandahar Treasure and its founder Rangina Hamidi. Rangina and Mary Littrell, co-authors of Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future, captured the stories of the Afghan Pashtun→ Read more

Jan 18

Secrets to Andean Knit Bobble Hats

Run your hands across the surface of this Peruvian knit alpaca hat covered by a thousand small, colorful bobble or popcorn stitches. This textured stitch is one of the most distinctive and most asked about Andean knit techniques called q’urpu. Traditionally knit for babies and children by the women, men,→ Read more

Dec 14

Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Peru

Last month, over 800 weavers, spinners, knitters, textile enthusiasts, and scholars attended Tinkuy, the third international gathering of textile artisans in Cusco, Peru. And what a gathering it was. Artisans came from near and far, from North to South America, from Europe to the Far East. The Center for Traditional→ Read more

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