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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

Aug 03

The Road to Secrets

Three years ago this fall I was in Oaxaca, getting ready to do a field trip with Eric Mindling for his book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth. During the few days before we were scheduled to hit the road for the back country, the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, a wonderful institution→ Read more

Jul 13

Weave A Real Peace Meets in Textile Rich Oaxaca

What better way to get behind-the-scenes than to travel to an international convening of textile enthusiasts (weavers, dyers, spinners, scholars, and other ilk) in textile rich Oaxaca, Mexico, last month for the annual WARP (Weave a Real Peace) meeting. WARP members, scholarship winners and regional artisans came together to celebrate textiles and→ Read more

Jul 06

A Textile Travel Find: Central Asian Quilts with Ikat

Every month when we publish our monthly calendar of world textile events, textile travel lust hits me. For the past two years, we’ve highlighted exhibits or events that align with ClothRoads’s mission of supporting indigenous textiles and artisans worldwide. And while we note exhibits in far-flung places of the world→ Read more

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

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