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Sep 09

On the Cloth Road in Peru: An Intern’s Journey

I recently moved to the Highlands of Peru for three months as a volunteer for the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC).  CTTC is an NGO  started in 1996, with a mission to preserve the textile traditions. Serving ten different weaving villages and about 450 artisans,  CTTC provides them→ Read more

Sep 05

Fooled by Ikat

“Fool me once” or “I am a fool for ikat”. Both statements about me are true. In April, I was in Ecuador searching for some traditional ikat. This particular day, we were in the region where traditional ikat was still being woven; we just hadn’t seen the real deal yet→ Read more

Aug 29

ClothRoads Tips & Techniques: Hanging Textiles

“What’s the best way to hang this?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions when ClothRoads is hosting a show of textiles. It also seems daunting, or intimidating, if you’ve never hung any art before, especially textiles. What’s better than being surrounded by exquisite artisan beauty all the→ Read more

Aug 22

Making Good in Morocco: Knotted Buttons

The story of Amina Yabis and the Cherry Buttons Cooperative (officially the Sefrou Women’s Silk Button Cooperative), a women’s craft cooperative that Amina founded, is a ClothRoads favorite. The knotted buttons made by hand by Moroccan women are not only beautiful, but tell a story of empowerment and independence.→ Read more

Aug 08

New Book Tells Stories of Life-Changing Artistry

Carmella Padilla is the author of The Work of Art: Folk Artists of the 21st Century, a breathtakingly beautiful tribute to the first decade of the International Folk Art Market, to all of the artists whose long journeys brought them to Santa Fe, and to the ways that folk art→ Read more

Aug 01

Quilting + Block Print Fabric = Winning Combination for Indian Artisan

Our bags were already bursting and overweight. Shoes and well-worn clothes were being left behind. Why did our visit to the village of artisan Ramu Devraj Harijan in the Banni region of Kutch, India have to be at the tail end of our leaving this textile-rich region? Somehow we could→ Read more

Jul 25

Treasuring the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

In the world of the best-of-the-best artisanal markets, none rises higher than the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. For me, no other place exists during the second weekend in July than here, with the global tribe of makers.  These magical three days are filled with festivities, food, music and a→ Read more

Jul 11

Sheer White with Indigo Brocade from Guatemala

There are scarves and then there are scarves  My pick for the “scarf of the month” almost wrapped itself around my neck and grabbed me—it’s woven on a backstrap loom in Guatemala. Trust me, this is not a bright, colorful grabber you’re familiar with, but it is traditional all the same.→ Read more

Jun 27

Handspun Yarn Magic for Tajikistan Women

Last year, I introduced you to Liba Brent and the mohair yarn spinning development project she has been leading in Tajikistan in Central Asia since 2009. Some exciting new developments are underway: spinning cashgora and mohair, as well as producing hand woven blankets from the handspun mohair.→ Read more

Jun 20

Turbans, The Ultimate Crown for Textile Lovers

What is a resist-dyed (tie-and-dye) cloth that can be used for bedding, a pillow, holding water, tying up just about anything, but primarily worn on the head by men? If I gave you another clue, that it’s wedding and festival time in Rajasthan, India, would that help? Yes, it’s a→ Read more