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Jun 20

Celebrate The Men Making Textiles

In our quest to bring you the best of global artisan textiles, we diverged a bit from our original goal of supporting women hand weaving cooperatives. Our first divergence was expanding beyond weaving since women’s handwork in most developing countries must be portable. The second fork in our road led→ Read more

Jun 11

Natural Dyes: Cochineal Red

What do we see when we look in our red natural dye pots? Passion, fire, fertility, blood, desire? Each caldron of color is infused with history, tradition, and cultural meaning—all swirling with stories. The red dyes have invoked strong feelings and cloaked royalty since ancient times and this summer we→ Read more

May 21

Inspired by the Artisanry of Shipibo Embroidery

The three-day weekend forecast is rain and more rain. Sounds like “making” time to me (oh “yeah” I say silently.) I keep a whiteboard in my studio where I list DIY projects for the house, all in random order waiting for inspiration and time to collide. “Make Shipibo Pillows” has→ Read more

May 14

Handmade Felt Transforms Lives in Nepal

This is a story of transformation that began before the earth shook Nepal twice in a few weeks, when women artisans were transforming scraps of saris, silk, and wool through a hand, wet-felting process into fashionable, felted art-to-wear scarves for the U.S.-based company, The Red Sari. It’s a story of→ Read more

May 07

Sustainable Hand Weaving Makes its Way Out of Myanmar

How can fine hand weaving, made on simple backstrap looms by Myanmar women artisans, make its way out of an economically poor, hard-to-navigate country to new markets? Yoyamay, based in Myanmar, has made it its mission to assist the Chin weavers in preserving and developing the Chin textile tradition and→ Read more

Apr 23

Women’s Cooperative in Morocco Creates Striking Jewelry

The mastery of making traditional, hand-knotted buttons by the Moroccan women of Khenifra 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.→ Read more

Apr 09

Beyond Armchair Travel: Textile Travel Resource

I grew up reading the seven-volume set of Lands and People, literally armchair traveling. These encyclopedic, visually rich books whetted my travel appetite when young and daydreaming was my only option. After college, my days were filled with fiber-related goodness but owning a retail store didn’t allow for international travel.→ Read more

Apr 02

How in the World, Brocade Weaving

Have you ever really looked at the motifs woven into your scarf, shawl, or fabric and tried to figure out how in the world the weaver made that pattern in the cloth? Okay, maybe you haven’t. But I have because I’m intrigued by seemingly simple cloth that has patterns created→ Read more

Mar 26

Master Crafting a Sheep in Tibet

Were you born in the year of the sheep? If so, this Chinese new year rang in an auspicious year for you, one which heralds much promise and prosperity. I am a sheep-year person, so how could I not be charmed by the master craftsmanship of these Tibetan-made sheep toys?→ Read more

Mar 19

Kasuri and Indigo: Threads That Blur and Bind

Patterning in threads that blur. Indigo-and-white, naturally-dyed cloth with hand-woven designs. Cotton fabric so soft from years of wear that parts are threadbare. This kasuri yukata I wear has a story and I long to know it.→ Read more

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