Posts Tagged ‘Handwoven’

Jan 21

A Peruvian Weaving Collaboration Produces Stunning Textiles

Two years ago, Colorado designer Bonie Shupe spent a three-month internship with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco in the Peruvian Highlands. She had graduated from the design and apparel program at Colorado State University and interned at ClothRoads. The CTTC internship provided an opportunity to pursue her dream→ 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

Oct 30

Woven Dreams of T’nalak Ikat

Strip, split, knot, design, tie, dye, weave, pound, iron. Each of these steps goes into the weaving of the exquisitely complex T’nalak, a resist-dyed (ikat) abaca fiber, which is backstrap woven by T’boli women in the southern Philippines.→ Read more

Jul 30

Come Behind-the-Scenes: Naturally Dyeing and Printing Silk Fabric

How often does one get to travel to India and see the actual natural dye process and block printing of your own fabric? Follow along and you’ll get to see the video of the making of this mulberry silk, hand woven in a window-pane gauze, being created under the guidance→ Read more

Jul 10

Lao Weaving + Natural Dyes = Hand Woven Cloth

At the start of every trip, I’m reluctant to plop down money at the first hand woven textile which calls to me. But here I was on my first visit to Laos where “Everyone knows how to weave but not how to survive with their weaving” (as explained to me→ Read more

Jan 30

Hand Weaving, A Common Language Between Cultures

Peruvian weavers watching Dayabhai weave his traditional motifs. Note the checked shawl around his neck.→ Read more

Sep 26

When Not Just Any Handwoven Towel Will Do, Go Organic

I’ve been on a slow journey to replace many household items with artisan-made ones. At the top of the list, are the functional textiles because they’re used daily. My husband, who does most of the cooking, likes to have dish towels ready to grab no matter where he is in→ Read more

Jul 11

Sheer White with Indigo Brocade from Guatemala

There are scarves and then there are scarves  My pick for the “scarf of the month” almost wrapped itself around my neck and grabbed me—it’s woven on a backstrap loom in Guatemala. Trust me, this is not a bright, colorful grabber you’re familiar with, but it is traditional all the same.→ Read more

Jun 13

ClothRoads Scarf of the Month: Ecuadorian Ikat Shawls

When you’re in the homeland of the traditional Ecuadorian ikat shawl, known as the macana, you must search it out–which is what I did on a recent trip. It quickly became my pick for the ClothRoads scarf of the month (I figured you wouldn’t mind that it’s a shawl). This→ Read more

May 23

Cochineal: The Royal Red of Natural Dyes

What do the British Redcoats, Cardinal Red, Incan ‘blood’ Red have in common? All of these “royal” red cloths obtain their natural-dye colorant from the small insect cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)—its size about a grain of Arborio rice. Living on cacti, primarily in the Oaxaca area of Mexico and between the→ Read more