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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

Mar 05

Hand Knit Alpaca with Beading on a Road Less Traveled in Peru

Sometimes it pays to take the road less traveled. Such is the case when it’s the only road to the village of Huacatinco in the Ocongate region of the Cusco highlands of Peru. Here we were, five of us in a four-wheel drive pick-up truck, during rainy season, off to→ Read more

Feb 26

Power Symbols and Brocade Woven Dreams in Tenejapa, Chiapas

The last Mayan festival during January was in the village of Tenejapa, Chiapas, about 16 miles northeast of San Cristóbal. As with all the other festivals I wrote about this past month, this one was mighty unique. Instead of celebrating San Sebastián, this community celebrates the patron saint San Ildefonso→ Read more

Feb 12

Festival of San Sebastian, Chiapas

The past few posts were focused on the floral embroidery in Zinacantan. But what about the festival of San Sebastian?→ Read more

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