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Dec 14

Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Peru

Last month, over 800 weavers, spinners, knitters, textile enthusiasts, and scholars attended Tinkuy, the third international gathering of textile artisans in Cusco, Peru. And what a gathering it was. Artisans came from near and far, from North to South America, from Europe to the Far East. The Center for Traditional→ Read more

Dec 07

ClothRoads Wish List—New Textile Books of 2017

A former publishing colleague and maker friend assured me that books–print on paper books–are making a comeback, that digital just doesn’t deliver our tactile need. I ask you, how can a textile book ever be anything but print on paper? A textile book has to be held in the hand→ Read more

Nov 09

A Cajun Recipe for Acadian Brown Cotton

You may think of dancing music and delicious food when you hear the word Cajun, but there is much more to this French-American cultural recipe. The spinning and weaving of natural brown cotton is what meshes the ingredients together. And it’s an amazing story of labor and love.→ Read more

Oct 26

Learning Handspinning High in the Andes

In a few weeks, I will be sitting with a group of Peruvian hand spinners at Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Cusco, Peru, attempting once again to learn the traditional ways of Andean spinning. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve watched these women spin and did→ Read more

Oct 12

Meet Master Weaver Dayalal Kudecha

What makes someone a master weaver? In the old guild system, one had to be an apprentice and then a journeyman working under a master. Once becoming a master, the cycle repeated. I recently watched master weaver Dayalal Kudecha work. His hands instinctively knew what to do as he spoke→ Read more

Sep 21

A Shepherdess from Ladakh

It’s rare for the ClothRoads blog to offer up a film review. Even rarer is that we’re hosting an all-day film festival focused on celebrating textiles from around the world— a focus on the rich colors, earthy textures, and deep traditions of handmade artisan textiles and the people who create→ Read more

Sep 14

Tie Dye Resist Indian Style

Of all artisan-made cloth, the tie-dye resist of Indian bandhani stumps most people. It’s a technique of creating patterns in cloth by tying small, continuous knots before it’s dyed. The areas where the knots are tied don’t allow the dye to penetrate, leaving these areas the color of the original→ Read more

Sep 07

Help the Dream: Laos Artisans to Travel to Peru Tinkuy

“My dream, to travel the world, to represent Lao culture – I’m an ambassador for Lao culture – for my traditions.” These is the desire of textile artisan Mrs. Kieng, a master weaver from Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos.→ Read more

Aug 17

Bandhani Artisan Imagines the Eclipse: Aziz Khatri

The moment of memory happened while ironing the Circle of Fire Eclipse Scarf created by Abdul Aziz Khatri of Kutch, India. This silken wrap transported me to March 29, 2006, in Anatalya, Turkey, where I viewed my first solar eclipse.  The colors of deep indigo, vermilion, and almost black washed→ Read more

Aug 10

A Moroccan Button Takes on New Forms

The mastery of making traditional, hand-knotted buttons by the Moroccan women of the Khenifra regions has taken on new forms. Through the creative efforts of the Artisanat des Femmes cooperative, these buttons have been strikingly transformed into colorful strings of jewelry. Despite their tiny size, the djellaba buttons used on→ Read more

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