Archive for the ‘Techniques’ Category

Mar 15

Guatemalan Basket Makers Triumph

Two years ago, I wrote this blog about our visit with the Guatemalan basket makers at the Mayan Hands field office in Panajachel. Every time ClothRoads receives a shipment of baskets, we marvel at the ingenuity and skill of the women who make them. We’ve followed along with their updates→ Read more

Oct 12

Meet Master Weaver Dayalal Kudecha

What makes someone a master weaver? In the old guild system, one had to be an apprentice and then a journeyman working under a master. Once becoming a master, the cycle repeated. I recently watched master weaver Dayalal Kudecha work. His hands instinctively knew what to do as he spoke→ Read more

Mar 24

Hemp: An Ancient Fiber for a Sustainable Future

Hemp is an ancient plant that protects the environment and provides fiber for soft durable fabric. A fiber from the Cannibis plant,  it is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. It builds soil, resists insects and requires a minimum of water. Anthropologists maintain that throughout history, hemp→ 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 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

Sep 03

Bandhani Artisan Expands Resist-Dyeing Tradition: Aziz Khatri

Learning bandhani, the Indian name for a resist-dyeing “tie-and-dye” technique, at the feet of one’s elders is the traditional way. It’s what imbeds deep cultural meaning and a connection to cloth, permeating the tactile senses beyond spoken words, and contributes to artisan mastery.→ Read more

Jun 25

Talking Textiles: An Endangered Species

I’d gladly spend any time talking about textiles. So when Lidewij Edelkoort of Trend Union was noted as a speaker at the “Talking Textiles” seminar, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Her company, Edelkoort, Inc, along with curator Philip Fimmano had organized this half-day event at Parsons School of Design. With presentations→ 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

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

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