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Jun 08

Know Your Camelid For Spinning

The word Camelid may bring to mind the one and two humped camels that reside in Asia and China. But spinners, weavers and textile enthusiasts instead celebrate the humpy camel’s cousins – the alpaca, llama, guanaco and vicuña.→ Read more

Jun 01

Laos Weavers Dream Big for Tinkuy in Peru

Dream Big. That’s what eight weavers from Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, Laos, are doing right now. They’re raising funds to travel halfway around the world to attend the Tinkuy, the international gathering of textile artisans sponsored by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, this November in Peru.→ Read more

May 11

An Artisan in Support of Maya Mothers

From the moment Marilyn Anderson arrived in Guatemala in 1965 she was taken with the vibrant and colorful Maya artisan traditions. Throughout the 1960s and 70s she learned to weave on a backstrap loom and photographed artisans working in traditional techniques. She later used her photos to sketch, draw, paint→ Read more

May 04

Mothers as Artisans

I’m seated on the ground next to a Peruvian artisan from Chinchero, Peru, as she weaves on a backstrap loom. I carefully watch her fingers deftly picking a pattern, a pattern she has memorized, no notes needed. A baby is wailing close by, very close by. Looking around, I don’t→ Read more

Apr 13

Tree of Life Connects the World

The Tree of Life motif is recognized by cultures all over the world. The symbol often relates to myth and cosmology, emphasizing strong ties to mother earth and a living landscape connecting earth to the heavens. Ancient Tree of Life myths often revolve around creation and immortality. The motif can→ Read more

Apr 06

Textile Vortex of Oaxaca—Next Stop for Weave a Real Peace

It seems that the textile vortex has settled on Oaxaca, Mexico. For it is here that the indigenous weavers and natural dyers still create extraordinary textiles based on ancestral traditions and enriched by their beloved land. Last November, the International Shibori Symposium was held in Oaxaca City, and this June,→ Read more
Mayan Gods

Mar 16

Maya Gods and Monsters

Creation stories are part of life and Maya Gods & Monsters by Carol Karasik will capture your imagination with tales of the supernatural. This beautiful little book delves into the ancient realm of the Maya underworld where gods and monsters thrive. New from Thrums Books, this collection of Maya myths→ Read more

Mar 09

Ethiopian Cotton, Handspinning and Handweaving Tradition Continues

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Mar 01

Tinkuy A Gathering of Textile Artisans and Their Traditions

Tinkuy 2017 is a celebration of the wealth and diversity of textile traditions from around the world. Tinkuy, a “coming together” in Quechua, is the third such gathering (the first in 2010, the last in 2013) sponsored by Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC) and Andean Textile Arts. For→ Read more

Feb 10

Scaffold Weave, Ancient Andean Weaving

Scaffold weave is one of the most unusual weaving techniques in the world and existed only in the Andean region of South America. The complexity of the woven textiles in this ancient world is still fascinating scholars, weavers and textile lovers today. Current day weavers in the Peruvian Highlands, particularly→ Read more

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