Posts Tagged ‘India’

Feb 02

Transforming Sari Scraps: The Kantha Hand-Stitch Project

Recycling silk saris has led Julie West from Kathmandu to Kolkata. Whether it’s transforming scraps of silk saris and wool into felted art-to-wear scarves, or kantha hand-stitched silk saris into colorful wraps, Julie is rooted in collaborating with women artisans and helping the environment along the way.→ Read more

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

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

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

Aug 01

Quilting + Block Print Fabric = Winning Combination for Indian Artisan

Our bags were already bursting and overweight. Shoes and well-worn clothes were being left behind. Why did our visit to the village of artisan Ramu Devraj Harijan in the Banni region of Kutch, India have to be at the tail end of our leaving this textile-rich region? Somehow we could→ Read more

Jul 25

Treasuring the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

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

Jun 20

Turbans, The Ultimate Crown for Textile Lovers

What is a resist-dyed (tie-and-dye) cloth that can be used for bedding, a pillow, holding water, tying up just about anything, but primarily worn on the head by men? If I gave you another clue, that it’s wedding and festival time in Rajasthan, India, would that help? Yes, it’s a→ Read more

Mar 21

All by Hand: Block Printing Cloth at Anokhi

It was an exquisite day for a journey to the centuries-old, preeminent region of woodblock makers and printers–blue skies, clear air, rich vegetation surrounding us as our van climbed up the switch-backed road outside Jaipur, India. Lake Sagar below was mirror-like, reflecting the deep-hued colors of the saris worn by the→ Read more

Mar 14

The ClothRoads Scarf of the Month: The Indigo Spiral

This I know–one cannot have too many scarves. And since the launch of ClothRoads, my drawers are brimming. I have a few cold-weather scarves—handmade, of course, but the others tend towards the “statement-making” variety. I’m often asked what compels me about a scarf so I’ll share my insights with you→ Read more

Feb 07

We Have Gold in Our Hands

“We have gold in our hands and we did not even know it.” –Aasif Ansari, weaver→ Read more

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