Posts Tagged ‘Textile Travel’

Nov 21

Tinkuy de Tejedores: A Gathering of Weavers Part I

Tinkuy de Tejedores (a Gathering of Weavers) took place last week in Cusco, Peru. The three-and-a-half days were jam packed with so much richness—from music and dancing, to learning and fellowship. It seems like the best way to share this event with you is through images. Since it’s pretty difficult→ Read more

Oct 24

Patan Patola: India’s Heirloom Double Ikats

As we neared the end of the narrow, dusty street in Patan, Gujarat, the quiet domestic scene belied the world-renowned workshop we sought.  A few women gathered on a first floor veranda to gossip and hang laundry while a chestnut vendor ambled by. Our destination, a modest building with a narrow corner→ Read more

Sep 17

On the Cloth Road in Peru: A Wedding in Chinchero

My second weekend in Peru held a surprise and delight –I had the honor of attending a Peruvian wedding, which coincided with the traditional celebration, Santa Rosa de Lima, in the town of Chinchero. The bride and groom, Lydia and Jorge, decided to marry on  this holiday after being asked to host→ Read more

Sep 09

On the Cloth Road in Peru: An Intern’s Journey

I recently moved to the Highlands of Peru for three months as a volunteer for the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC).  CTTC is an NGO  started in 1996, with a mission to preserve the textile traditions. Serving ten different weaving villages and about 450 artisans,  CTTC provides them→ 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

Apr 25

Kala Raksha, 20 Years Preserving Traditional Art and Empowering Artisans

Call it comforting, enriching and soul-satisfying. That’s what it felt like upon entering Kala Raksha, an Indian handcraft artisan center in Kutch, Gujarat. Hearing the chatter and laughter of the women as they sat in a circle stitching, listening to their strong voices as they told their stories about creativity→ Read more

Apr 11

Bandhani Indian Tie Dye Resist

There’s sensuousness to reading a cloth, taking one’s fingers and lightly passing over the surface, like braille. To me, Indian bandhani is the braille of all artisan-made cloth resists. Simply stated, bandhani is one form of tie-dyed cloth. It’s a technique of creating patterns on cloth by resisting parts of the→ Read more

Mar 30

Discovering Handmade Textile Treasures: Ajrakh Block Printing and Natural Dyeing

In this dry, desert Gujurat-region of India, the starkness of the landscape was a marked contrast to the vividness of the naturally-dyed cloth, the edges weighed down by rocks, drying in patches on the ground. A stones throw away, the exterior of a building deceptive of the riches contained within.→ 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