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Jan 16

An Ode to Indigo

This is what happens when two long-term fiber friends, who don’t see each other very often, get together–we talk natural dyes, especially indigo, and weaving. We utter the words of “remember when”, and “what is she doing now”, and talk about the wise ones who are no longer with us.→ Read more

Jan 08

Spinning Andean Stories of Handspun Yarn

Picture this. It’s my idyllic self—sitting in a comfy chair, fire roaring, basket of fleece with handspindle on the floor next to me. Now it’s snowing and the wind is howling outside. But never mind that. I’m sitting contentedly, knitting away with my handspun Peruvian alpaca yarn on a hat→ Read more

Dec 12

A Handwoven Jewel: Silk Scarf with Scarf Tying Demo

Silk scarf worn against wine-colored sweater→ Read more

Dec 05

Tinkuy de Tejedores, A Gathering of Weavers, Part III

Today is the last post focused on the Tinkuy de Tejedores (The Gathering of Weavers), which took place just three weeks ago in Cusco, Peru. The event had so much richness—the garb worn by all the visiting weavers (except for us Americans who mostly wore drab clothing but accessorized with→ Read more

Nov 28

Tinkuy de Tejedores: Part II

Come behind-the-scenes at the Tinkuy de Tejedores, (The Gathering of Weavers), which took place Nov. 12-15, 2013 in Cusco, Peru. Today’s special highlights the highland community of Accha Alta, which is north of Cusco by a few hours, and the celebration of the CTTC community elders.→ Read more

Nov 21

Tinkuy de Tejedores: A Gathering of Weavers Part I

Tinkuy de Tejedores (a Gathering of Weavers) took place last week in Cusco, Peru. The three-and-a-half days were jam packed with so much richness—from music and dancing, to learning and fellowship. It seems like the best way to share this event with you is through images. Since it’s pretty difficult→ Read more

Nov 04

On The Cloth Road in Peru: The Sallac Community

View from the Sallac weaving center.→ Read more

Oct 24

Patan Patola: India’s Heirloom Double Ikats

As we neared the end of the narrow, dusty street in Patan, Gujarat, the quiet domestic scene belied the world-renowned workshop we sought.  A few women gathered on a first floor veranda to gossip and hang laundry while a chestnut vendor ambled by. Our destination, a modest building with a narrow corner→ Read more

Oct 21

The Perfect Scarf for a Man – Khadi

KhatKhata khadi scarf–a perfect man’s scarf.→ Read more

Oct 16

On the Cloth Road in Peru: The Pitumarca Weavers

Reaching the Pitumarca weaving center is quite a lengthy drive from the city of Cusco. But knowing I would soon be with the weavers from this CTTC community made every moment worthwhile. Located in the province of Canchis in the southern region of the highlands, Pitumarca is a small town→ Read more

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