Author Archive

Dec 15

This Season of Gifting and Thanks

When we launched ClothRoads four years ago, we began by gifting to a few international organizations–one of those was the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). Year over year, we not only witnessed CTTC’s growth but its sustainability. Next year, CTTC will be twenty years old. It has aided→ Read more
Book Cover from Traditional Weavers of Guatemala authored by Deborah Chandler, Teresa Cordon, Photography Joe Coca, Thrums Books, 2015

Dec 03

ClothRoads Wishlist — New Textile Books of 2015

After donating thousands of fiber and textile books, there are still titles we placed on our wish list this holiday season. This past year, we (ClothRoads and Thrums Books) gave most of the Pourrey Cross Library, which was housed at Interweave Press, to Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum and Fiber Department, and local→ Read more

Nov 05

Riffing on a Traditional Peruvian Alpaca Hat

One handknit alpaca hat, traditional Peruvian, worn by children in the Accha Alta community in the Andean highlands. One slouch shaped, paying homage to the traditional one while offering a modern interpretation. Both are loaded with colorful bumpy textures, called grutas, making distinctive patterns.→ Read more

Oct 22

Guatemala’s Natural Dye Ambassador: Olga Reiche

To separate her passion for natural dyeing from hand weaving, or designing from teaching, isn’t possible for Olga Reiche. All she touches is intricately woven together within her home country of Guatemala and shared far beyond. This spirited woman with a quick smile has been working with indigenous artisans on→ Read more

Oct 01

ClothRoads and Bolivian Hand Spinners Team Up for Spinzilla

For the second year running, ClothRoads is sponsoring a group of twenty-five Bolivian hand spinners, named the Warmis Phuskadoras, in an international hand spinning competition, Spinzilla. (Warmis is Quechua for women, Phuska is Quechua for drop spindle, and doras is Spanish for women who spin.)→ Read more

Sep 03

Bandhani Artisan Expands Resist-Dyeing Tradition: Aziz Khatri

Learning bandhani, the Indian name for a resist-dyeing “tie-and-dye” technique, at the feet of one’s elders is the traditional way. It’s what imbeds deep cultural meaning and a connection to cloth, permeating the tactile senses beyond spoken words, and contributes to artisan mastery.→ Read more

Jun 25

Talking Textiles: An Endangered Species

I’d gladly spend any time talking about textiles. So when Lidewij Edelkoort of Trend Union was noted as a speaker at the “Talking Textiles” seminar, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Her company, Edelkoort, Inc, along with curator Philip Fimmano had organized this half-day event at Parsons School of Design. With presentations→ Read more

Jun 20

Celebrate The Men Making Textiles

In our quest to bring you the best of global artisan textiles, we diverged a bit from our original goal of supporting women hand weaving cooperatives. Our first divergence was expanding beyond weaving since women’s handwork in most developing countries must be portable. The second fork in our road led→ Read more

May 21

Inspired by the Artisanry of Shipibo Embroidery

The three-day weekend forecast is rain and more rain. Sounds like “making” time to me (oh “yeah” I say silently.) I keep a whiteboard in my studio where I list DIY projects for the house, all in random order waiting for inspiration and time to collide. “Make Shipibo Pillows” has→ Read more

May 14

Handmade Felt Transforms Lives in Nepal

This is a story of transformation that began before the earth shook Nepal twice in a few weeks, when women artisans were transforming scraps of saris, silk, and wool through a hand, wet-felting process into fashionable, felted art-to-wear scarves for the U.S.-based company, The Red Sari. It’s a story of→ Read more