Posts Tagged ‘Silk’

Feb 14

Tying Ikat Clouds in Uzbekistan

“To tie a cloud”. What an image this phrase conjures. In the town of Margilan, in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan, one can find many artisans who “tie clouds”–ikat weavers who, over the past 28 years since Soviet rule, have revitalized their heritage textile making. This valley is the center→ Read more

Aug 16

Witnessing Change in Lao Textiles

Traveling to Laos once or twice a year for over twenty years, I have witnessed remarkable changes in the textile field. As tourism developed, new markets for Lao textiles opened and designers from the U.S.A., Europe, Japan, and Australia came to work with local weavers introducing new ideas, designs, materials→ Read more

Sep 14

Tie Dye Resist Indian Style

Of all artisan-made cloth, the tie-dye resist of Indian bandhani stumps most people. It’s a technique of creating patterns in cloth by tying small, continuous knots before it’s dyed. The areas where the knots are tied don’t allow the dye to penetrate, leaving these areas the color of the original→ Read more

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

Aug 06

Uzbekistan Ikats Then and Now

When asked to choose my favorite textile, I have difficulty in responding. Truth is, I have to say handwoven silk Uzbekistan ikats are at the top of the list, perhaps because I lived there for eight years. But their bold colors and patterns make wearing an ikat outfit intimidating, at→ 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

Jun 01

Seductive Silk Meets Jeweled Stripes

Being on a textile adventure in one of the most desirable weaving spots of the world, there’s simply no time to waste in seeking out handwoven, artisan-made silk scarves and other accessories. I didn’t have far to go from the hotel either, just wandered a bit until I saw the→ Read more

Apr 06

Meet the Maker of the Indian Handwoven Silk Cloth

Sometimes one is lucky enough to meet the maker—I’m talking artisan-made cloth here.→ Read more

Mar 30

Ikat Weaving in Laos

My weft ikat weaving→ Read more

Feb 03

Golden Buttons: The Vision of Amina Yabis

The many styles of buttons→ Read more