Posts Tagged ‘Weaving’

Oct 01

On the Cloth Road in Peru: Visiting the Accha Alta Weavers

Visiting the weavers in Accha Alta this weekend greatly touched my life. Accha Alta is a small community located above the Sacred Valley just a few hours outside of Cusco.  After passing through the town of Calca, the winding road climbs past high desert foliage to this 11,750-foot-elevation mountain community.→ 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

Jun 27

Handspun Yarn Magic for Tajikistan Women

Last year, I introduced you to Liba Brent and the mohair yarn spinning development project she has been leading in Tajikistan in Central Asia since 2009. Some exciting new developments are underway: spinning cashgora and mohair, as well as producing hand woven blankets from the handspun mohair.→ Read more

Jun 06

The Making of African Kuba and Shoowa Raffia Cloth

Reach out and touch. Isn’t that what we fiber folks do? We see something and our hands immediately reach out for the feel. That’s how I met artisan Emmanuel Kasongo. Well, okay–I met his handwoven raffia cloth first. Let me explain. I was drawn into his show booth by the→ 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

May 16

From the Indigo Vat to Woven Cloth in Laos

Why is it every time I think of an indigo vat, the lyrics “Can’t you smell that smell?” pop out of my mouth? Assuredly, Lynyrd Skynyrd was not referring to indigo in his song. But here I was at the Lao-Japan Traditional Cultural Education Center in Vientiane and out it→ Read more

Mar 01

Charmed by Ñawi Awapa, a Peruvian Tubular Weaving

Ñawi Awapa, a woven tubular edging→ Read more

Feb 14

The Many Hands of Khadi Cloth

 “Khadi is the sun of the village solar system.”-Mahatma Gandhi→ 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

Oct 05

Call the Search Off: Guatemalan Organic Handspun Cotton Cloth Found

Handspun organic “cuyuscate” brown cotton→ Read more