I grew up reading the seven-volume set of Lands and People, literally armchair traveling. These encyclopedic, visually rich books whetted my travel appetite when young and daydreaming was my only option. After college, my days were filled with fiber-related goodness but owning a retail store didn’t allow for international travel. But oh the people I met and the textile techniques I learned from many world scholars and enthusiasts as they streamed through Chicago, found my shop, the Weaving Workshop, and the Textile Arts Centre, a veritable textile nexus.
With many years between then and now, ClothRoads brings these passions together and provides many reasons to travel–to meet artisans in their villages, see how they weave, or knit, or dye, or make what they do, to watch their hands work the implements of their craft, and produce their heritage-based products. There really is no substitute to being there but you can armchair travel with me in the ClothRoads’s blog.
May the cloth road start you packing your bags too. As the Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” So click on this link to our Textile Travel Resource and plan your one textile adventure for 2015 and beyond. Here’s some inspiration from the past few years of textile traveling.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust
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