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Textiles of the Banjara by Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin

Dec 01

ClothRoads Wish List — New Textile Books of 2016

Textile people are book people. It’s inevitable–just as we collect textiles, we collect books. We have to own these books, for in their reading we dream of travel taken or places yet to come; we dream of all the projects yet to be made, or are satisfied by creating them→ Read more
Be a Star Textile Traveler: How to Travel Sensitively and Sensibly in Textile Cultures

Nov 10

Textile Travel Guide: 10 Tips to Be a Star Textile Ambassador

The time seems ripe for planning a 2017 textile travel trip, doesn’t it? Take some “time out of time” to immerse in a culture or experience that will deepen your understanding of others and expand your textile world.→ Read more
Hand stitching a kantha textile using a hoop. Photo courtesy of Kantha Productions LLC and Anil Advani, photographer.

Nov 03

Kantha: Ancient Hand Stitch Revival

Kantha is an ancient form of hand-stitch embroidery originating in India. The word kantha means “rags” in Sanskrit, reflecting a tradition of using discarded clothing or garments to remake old cloth into bed coverings and other household items. Kantha also refers to the indigenous quilt form and to the running→ Read more
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
pillow-judy

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

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