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Jan 21

A Peruvian Weaving Collaboration Produces Stunning Textiles

Two years ago, Colorado designer Bonie Shupe spent a three-month internship with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco in the Peruvian Highlands. She had graduated from the design and apparel program at Colorado State University and interned at ClothRoads. The CTTC internship provided an opportunity to pursue her dream→ Read more

Jan 14

The Ancient Art of Natural Dye Purple

Thousands of tiny snails were sacrificed to make the royal purple of ancient times. Owning a cloth handwoven and colored with this natural dye was a symbol of high status—the power and wealth of royalty and the church.→ Read more

Jan 07

Textile Travel Wanderlust

Today’s mail arrived including a handful of travel catalogues. I do a quick flip through the pages to see if any of them include distant journeys with a remote chance of meeting textile artisans. I flag ones that may and put them aside to return to after finishing this blog.→ Read more

Dec 15

This Season of Gifting and Thanks

When we launched ClothRoads four years ago, we began by gifting to a few international organizations–one of those was the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). Year over year, we not only witnessed CTTC’s growth but its sustainability. Next year, CTTC will be twenty years old. It has aided→ Read more
Book Cover from Traditional Weavers of Guatemala authored by Deborah Chandler, Teresa Cordon, Photography Joe Coca, Thrums Books, 2015

Dec 03

ClothRoads Wishlist — New Textile Books of 2015

After donating thousands of fiber and textile books, there are still titles we placed on our wish list this holiday season. This past year, we (ClothRoads and Thrums Books) gave most of the Pourrey Cross Library, which was housed at Interweave Press, to Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum and Fiber Department, and local→ Read more

Nov 12

Indigo and the Stories of Our Lives

Indigo is a natural dye deeply embedded in cultures around the world. Many times as my blue hands pull cloth out of vats of indigo, I ponder the question – why do we do what we do? What can be accomplished by passing on the techniques of creating cloth and→ Read more

Nov 05

Riffing on a Traditional Peruvian Alpaca Hat

One handknit alpaca hat, traditional Peruvian, worn by children in the Accha Alta community in the Andean highlands. One slouch shaped, paying homage to the traditional one while offering a modern interpretation. Both are loaded with colorful bumpy textures, called grutas, making distinctive patterns.→ Read more

Oct 22

Guatemala’s Natural Dye Ambassador: Olga Reiche

To separate her passion for natural dyeing from hand weaving, or designing from teaching, isn’t possible for Olga Reiche. All she touches is intricately woven together within her home country of Guatemala and shared far beyond. This spirited woman with a quick smile has been working with indigenous artisans on→ Read more

Oct 15

A Beginner’s Way to Indigo and Shibori

No skills required. Really. It’s easy. Natural dyeing with indigo and shibori resist techniques can be done quickly without prior dyeing or weaving experience with these artisan-designed methods.→ Read more

Oct 01

ClothRoads and Bolivian Hand Spinners Team Up for Spinzilla

For the second year running, ClothRoads is sponsoring a group of twenty-five Bolivian hand spinners, named the Warmis Phuskadoras, in an international hand spinning competition, Spinzilla. (Warmis is Quechua for women, Phuska is Quechua for drop spindle, and doras is Spanish for women who spin.)→ Read more

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