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Jeannette Farrier –

Aug 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I was admiring a throw like this last week and got a story to go with it: Jeannette Farrier, wandering India over a decade ago, fell in love with traditional kantha textiles.  Now she works with women of West Bengal (paid well and supported in their craft) to supply kantha for fashion and home.

Spoonflower –

Jul 21, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Artist Devon Sharon recently introduced me to the magic of Spoonflower, a site that allows you to self-produce textile designs onto actual, physical cloth.

Sharon’s Suzani pattern is pictured above.

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.

Ochre Store –

Jun 21, 2010 | Leave a Comment

With an eye toward handmade and socially conscious goods, Ochre Store sells a range of carefully selected domestic accessories — including these Ethiopian cotton napkins and towels woven in women-owned studios in Addis Ababa.

Via Elle Decor, June 2010.

Studio Roam –

Jun 2, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Studio Roam, founded by two textile designers in 2007,  produces made-to-order blankets from their micro factory in Scotland. They offer a range of patterns (from dangerously sweet to retro punk) and also accommodate custom requests. Above, their 100% cashmere Stromboli blanket.

A Trade For A Trade –

May 31, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A natural follow up to my previous post, A Trade For A Trade (selling “ethical, socially responsible and fairtrade goods”) also has an offering of Indian block print textiles — including exceedingly well priced cut yardage! Click here for textiles at their main website and here for yardage at their Etsy outpost.

Aid To Artisans –

May 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A great resource for socially minded consumers, the non profit Aid To Artisans helps nurture economic growth for artisans and craftspeople around the world. The Indian block print table cloth pictured above is among the many items for sale on their website. (Also available in an alternate colorway here.)

As referenced by Elle Decor, June 2010.

Ecostasy & Irish Lace –

Mar 24, 2010 | 5 Comments

I’ve just been introduced to a beautiful new website (and company) called Ecostasy. Their entire collection – which includes a range of products from different parts of the globe – is sourced with stringent eco-friendly criteria and an eye for quality of materials and design. The website also goes to great lengths to educate visitors about each product, as is the case with their Irish Lace Runner pictured above.

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…

Threads of Life –

Oct 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Self-described, Threads of Life is:

…a fair trade business that uses culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. The heirloom-quality textiles and baskets we commission are made with local materials and natural dyes. With the proceeds from the Threads of Life gallery, we help weavers to form independent cooperatives and to manage their resources sustainably.