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Hamble Blankets –

Jul 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

August 2010’s The World Of Interiors is out, and with it a new bit of textile typography: Hamble Blankets. What makes a blanket a Hamble Blanket? I’d love to know. Google searches haven’t helped so all I’m left with is the caption for the issue’s cover image: “…two beds covered with hamble blankets from Essaouira [Morocco].” The magazine’s back section refers readers inspired by the image to Francois Gilles’ shop; I”ll email them to find out more.

Maiwa –

Jul 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Textile podcasts! Maiwa has a whole collection covering topics that include African Yoruba cloth, the science behind natural dyes and the history of the “cotton road”. The site also has information about the non-profit Maiwa foundation, the for-profit Maiwa stores, and a link to their workshops.

Adire African Textiles –

May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

Adire African Textiles (out of London) shares lots of interesting history on their blog and offers many items for sale on their gallery website. It looks as though they had a very successful sale in late March (still lots of textiles to look at, but only left unclaimed). Above is a detail from an Ewe Kente cloth they feature.

Cloth –

May 7, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Christopher Farr’s fabric line Cloth is joyfully eclectic,  full of nods to different cultures, eras, cities, motifs, etc. It’s a happy and very colorful whirlwind. I like Quadrant (pictured above) for it’s references to Kuba cloth.

Indigo Arts –

Apr 12, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Indigo Arts has a variety of non-European textiles for sale, including this strikingly white mudcloth from Mali, detail above.

Via Ghana Rising.

Textiles In The News –

Nov 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Here’s a pretty eye-opening story about the economic realities of traditional carpet weaving in Morocco.

— It seems like there must be some importer out there who would be interested in working in a beneficial way with the collective of female weavers featured in the article…

The Loaded Trunk –

Aug 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A virtual trunk show awaits at The Loaded Trunk – !

via a helpful comment at The Style Files.

Tribal Trappings –

Aug 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Holy smokes, tribal trappings is a good website! It has lots and lots – and lots – of textiles (keep looking for the “more” button at the bottom of each page, I missed that the first time around). There’s also  interesting / informative detail given about many of the different categories of textiles shown. I’m enamored with several of the Chinese pieces, in part because they’re really expanding my idea of what a “Chinese” textile might be.  The image above is a Chinese bridal blanket made by the Maonan ethnic group.

Commemorative Cloth –

Aug 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Just back from Seattle and saw some interesting “commemorative cloths” featuring political leaders on display at the Seattle Art Museum, including one of Obama (though not the one shown here). It’s an interesting tradition and one I’d love to see more of  state-side. Here’s a link to a write-up of the history of this type of fabric along with several examples.

The first paragraph begins this way:

“Fancy print” textiles produced in Europe for the markets of colonial Africa emerged in the 1920s as a cheaper substitute for so-called “Dutch wax” resin-resist prints. Although they were of lower quality and the design was only on one face, they had one distinct advantage which soon opened up a new range of decorative possibilities and hence a novel social role. Unlike wax prints, the technology of fancy prints allowed for the reproduction of photographic imagery. Very quickly the technique was adopted to produce what have become known as commemorative cloths.

The textile shown in the image above (via True Up) is a more graphic take. — I know we’re well past the election at this point but sheesh, I think Obama needs some positive vibes at the moment! So yes, “hooray for the president”.

For more actual wax prints visit previous posts on Vlisco and Ananse Village.

Textiles in the News –

May 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

…An addition to my (very) periodic series of “textiles in the news” posts: the image above was taken by Beatrice de Gea for The New York Times and documents the burial of a newborn in Tanzania. (For the full article and accompanying slide show click here). The intimacy of the composition is made more gripping by the jarring contrast between the lively textiles worn and the mournful task undertaken.

The article refers to Kanga cloths further described by Wikipedia.

Leo & Kesho is a website where more images of Kangas (and their counterpart Kitenges) can be seen.

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