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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
Manuel Reanda and Lola Sapalu

Jun 02

The Men Who Support Women Artisans Behind the Scenes

In this world of global textiles, ClothRoads works with male artisans but we also meet many men who support their wives and daughters behind the scenes. They are proud of what these women have achieved and they are humble, generally preferring to stay on the other side of the camera.→ Read more
cutting-maguey

May 11

Maguey, Ancient Wonder Plant

Let’s follow our ancient plant path and explore the wonders of the fiber maguey. Its fascinating history rivals that of hemp fiber. → Read more
Multicolores Hooked Rug

May 05

Maya Color Explodes in Hooked Rugs

This is a rags to riches story. A story of Guatemalan women weavers learning the folk art of hooking rugs from an American woman. A story of how used clothing is transformed into one-of-a-kind rugs, each expressing the artist’s vision of Mayan culture. A story of how artistic and economic→ Read more
Brocade design being woven on backstrap loom. Photo credit Conozcamos Guatemala.

Apr 21

ProTeje, For The Weavers of Guatemala

Born from a desire to preserve the Guatemalan history of the backstrap weaving culture of indigenous women, five women volunteers of the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress launched ProTeje (for the weavers) in 1994. Starting with only two women weavers, this project has grown immensely over twenty-three years, now supporting 300→ Read more
Natural Dye 101: Indigo

Apr 14

Natural Dye 101: Indigo

Would you like to explore the world of the natural dye indigo right now? What about events right here in the U.S.? ClothRoads brings all this to you and more.→ Read more
This is a sample of the bleeding jaspe before washing. The white and dark patterns are feathery and clear in coloring.

Apr 07

Jaspe: A Guatemalan Resist-Dyed Handwoven Cloth

Guatemalan resist-dyed fabric called jaspe should never be taken for granted. Yet I undervalued this handwoven cloth for many years until a recent visit to the homeland of jaspe in Salcajá, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.→ Read more
Hemp fibers ready to weave.

Mar 24

Hemp: An Ancient Fiber for a Sustainable Future

Hemp is an ancient plant that protects the environment and provides fiber for soft durable fabric. A fiber from the Cannibis plant,  it is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. It builds soil, resists insects and requires a minimum of water. Anthropologists maintain that throughout history, hemp→ Read more

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