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
Masterful, hand embroidery and bead artisanry often reminds me of the “hamsa”, the symbol of the hand of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Mohammed. It symbolizes patience, loyalty, faith, and resistance against difficulties. The Bedouin Jabaliya women, who create the embellished hand arts for the social enterprise FanSina, represent these→ Read more
The story of Amina Yabis and the Cherry Buttons Cooperative (officially the Sefrou Women’s Silk Button Cooperative), a women’s craft cooperative that Amina founded, is a ClothRoads favorite. The knotted silk buttons made by hand by Moroccan women are not only beautiful, but tell a story of empowerment and independence.→ Read more
In the world of the best-of-the-best artisanal markets, none rises higher than the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. For me, no other place exists during the second weekend in July than here, with the global tribe of makers. These magical three days are filled with festivities, food, music and a→ Read more
Reach out and touch. Isn’t that what we fiber folks do? We see something and our hands immediately reach out for the feel. That’s how I met artisan Emmanuel Kasongo. Well, okay–I met his handwoven raffia cloth first. Let me explain. I was drawn into his show booth by the→ Read more
“While one silk thread is strong, many woven together are stronger.” This is a fomba, or proverb, uniting the many people involved in the production of exquisite wild silk, handwoven products from the island nation of Madagascar, located off the coast of Africa.→ Read more
When Gwen and John Meyer take a yearly vacation, they don’t stay close to home. But “home” is what they found in rural areas of Kenya, Africa. Since 2007, they have been using their skills in fiber crafts and sheep farming, to provide training in spinning, knitting, weaving, and dyeing→ Read more
Travel with us on ClothRoads to a world of authentic textile culture. Here you’ll find folk and collectible textiles, accessories, fabric, and fiber art materials from many corners of the globe, along with fascinating stories of indigenous artisans and ancient techniques used in traditional and modern ways.
From the rivers of India to the mountaintops of Peru, we go directly to villages and cooperatives to bring you these textile stories and the work of skilled artisans who are dyeing, weaving, spinning, printing and embroidering some of world’s most beautiful objects. When you purchase from ClothRoads, you help us to build and develop new markets that allow artisans and communities, especially women and girls, to flourish.