While the stories coming out of Burma / Myanmar for a short time six weeks ago were harrowing, the photos also caught my attention from a purely visual standpoint: color + fabric combined to communicate culture, religion and a cry for justice. Our own American culture is so fragmented, and clothing is so often used as an expression of fashion only – rather than belief – that photos like this speak to a collective unity of purpose that is largely unfamiliar to me. Irregardless, the images have inspired me to continue a look out for “textiles in the news” for future posts.