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Weaving a new basket design. Photo credit: Laurie Wilkins.

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
This cashgora goat has been combed of its down.

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
Doña Alicia will participate in Spinzilla until she dies.  (photo credit Jonathan McCarthy)

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

Sep 08

ClothRoads Studio – Touching a World of Textiles

Naturally dyed fabrics, handwoven ikats, exquisitely soft cashmere and huggable wooly toys. Welcome to my textile world,  CLOTHROADS: A Global Textile Marketplace, and my work home for the past year.→ Read more
An indigo dyer and handspinner from Mawa on Flores island.

Aug 17

A Textile Tour of Tribal Weaving in Indonesia

“The most exciting textile tour you are ever likely to find – the trip of a lifetime!” This is the lead sentence for the Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia that hooked me this past May. Did it hook you? Indonesia has been at the top of→ Read more
Dayalal Kudecha was one of the artists featured on this year's poster.

Aug 11

Indian Artisans Design Beyond Traditions

Yearly, ClothRoads goes on the road to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. It’s a pilgrimage of sorts but it also means we carry textiles to and from the artisans who we represent. It’s our annual time to catch up with our global friends, to hear about their families→ Read more
Sheep shape: Edelkoort predicts handknits and rugged wools will be in style. We knew that!

Aug 04

Making is Making a Comeback

I’ve had some time this summer to think about making. Usually too busy with “work” projects (AKA paying gigs), I’ve actually had some down time, which thankfully has coincided with some glorious old-fashioned Garden State spring and summer weather. During my respite, in addition to a return to gardening and→ Read more
International Folk Art Market 2016 logo. Photo credit Vivian Coles.

Jul 14

Creating Connected Textile Communities

World cultures gathered in Santa Fe last week to celebrate artisans and their amazing range of handcrafted products at the International Folk Art Festival. This cross cultural collaboration brought Weave A Real Peace (WARP) members to the market to volunteer, learn, share, support and celebrate the artisans in their pursuit of→ Read more
Maximama proudly displays her wares--the organic green cotton pillows.

Jun 16

Amuzgo Weavers On the Rise

“When an Amuzgo woman ties her loom to her waist, she not only creates a fascinating textile of quality and beauty, but symbolically she recreates the world, writes the history of her ancestors and expresses the cosmology of her culture.”→ Read more
Brown cotton before and after hand picking and cleaning.

Jun 09

Spinning a World of Cotton

White cotton, colored cotton, organic cotton, algodon, cuyuscate, ixcaco, and kuyuchi – cotton in all its varieties and names has shaped history and culture. This small seed has been secreted in pockets and carried to new lands. It has sprouted revolutions. And with the spread of genetically modified seeds, organic→ Read more

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