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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

Feb 02

Transforming Sari Scraps: The Kantha Hand-Stitch Project

Recycling silk saris has led Julie West from Kathmandu to Kolkata. Whether it’s transforming scraps of silk saris and wool into felted art-to-wear scarves, or kantha hand-stitched silk saris into colorful wraps, Julie is rooted in collaborating with women artisans and helping the environment along the way.→ Read more

Jan 19

Textile Travel Escape to Laos

What’s your response to receiving an email like this: “Last-minute offer—escape to textile heaven in Laos”? I immediately think: textile travel, peaceful and beautifully-lush country, more textile buying opportunities, visits with friends. I dash a quick reply to Narelle Grudgfield of 2World Textile Tours and asked for the itinerary.→ Read more

Jan 12

Guatemalan Weaving Forms a Life

A few nights ago, I sat inside a church basement at a local weaving guild meeting to hear Deborah Chandler lecture on the simple looms of Guatemala and what the weavers do with these looms to create such complex cloth. Almost a year ago, ClothRoads traveled through the Guatemalan Highlands→ Read more

Dec 15

Chocolatadas, A Peruvian Tradition

The annual Chocolatadas is a holiday treat in the weaving villages sponsored by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru. Hot chocolate, bread, toys, and festivities are enjoyed by many children along with their families, including the elderly who have been abandoned, neglected, or are alone.→ Read more

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