Author Archive

Sep 07

Help the Dream: Laos Artisans to Travel to Peru Tinkuy

“My dream, to travel the world, to represent Lao culture – I’m an ambassador for Lao culture – for my traditions.” These is the desire of textile artisan Mrs. Kieng, a master weaver from Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos.→ Read more

Aug 17

Bandhani Artisan Imagines the Eclipse: Aziz Khatri

The moment of memory happened while ironing the Circle of Fire Eclipse Scarf created by Abdul Aziz Khatri of Kutch, India. This silken wrap transported me to March 29, 2006, in Anatalya, Turkey, where I viewed my first solar eclipse.  The colors of deep indigo, vermilion, and almost black washed→ Read more

Aug 10

A Moroccan Button Takes on New Forms

The mastery of making traditional, hand-knotted buttons by the Moroccan women of the Khenifra regions has taken on new forms. Through the creative efforts of the Artisanat des Femmes cooperative, these buttons have been strikingly transformed into colorful strings of jewelry. Despite their tiny size, the djellaba buttons used on→ Read more

Aug 03

The Road to Secrets

Three years ago this fall I was in Oaxaca, getting ready to do a field trip with Eric Mindling for his book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth. During the few days before we were scheduled to hit the road for the back country, the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, a wonderful institution→ Read more

Jul 06

A Textile Travel Find: Central Asian Quilts with Ikat

Every month when we publish our monthly calendar of world textile events, textile travel lust hits me. For the past two years, we’ve highlighted exhibits or events that align with ClothRoads’s mission of supporting indigenous textiles and artisans worldwide. And while we note exhibits in far-flung places of the world→ Read more

Jun 01

Laos Weavers Dream Big for Tinkuy in Peru

Dream Big. That’s what eight weavers from Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos, are doing right now. They’re raising funds to travel halfway around the world to attend the Tinkuy, the international gathering of textile artisans sponsored by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, this November in Peru.→ Read more

Apr 06

Textile Vortex of Oaxaca—Next Stop for Weave a Real Peace

It seems that the textile vortex has settled on Oaxaca, Mexico. For it is here that the indigenous weavers and natural dyers still create extraordinary textiles based on ancestral traditions and enriched by their beloved land. Last November, the International Shibori Symposium was held in Oaxaca City, and this June,→ Read more

Mar 01

Tinkuy A Gathering of Textile Artisans and Their Traditions

Tinkuy 2017 is a celebration of the wealth and diversity of textile traditions from around the world. Tinkuy, a “coming together” in Quechua, is the third such gathering (the first in 2010, the last in 2013) sponsored by Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC) and Andean Textile Arts. For→ Read more

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