Holiday open studio at ClothRoadsconnecting you with handmade textiles
|ClothRoads supports textile artists from around the world. Photos courtesy of Linda Tiley Stark.|
|ClothRoad's famous Wall of Scarves.|
Handspinners, weavers, and knitters understand the knowledge, skill, and time needed to create finely wrought cloth. Exquisite handmade textiles are still produced in communities around the world, but it can be difficult to connect artisans with consumers who value traditional craft. ClothRoads, an online source for handmade global textiles, does just that. Behind ClothRoads is a small group of creative women dedicated to traditional cloth. They not only give us the opportunity to own handmade textiles from Japan, Peru, Estonia, and beyond but strive to teach us more about the techniques and materials used by the artisans.
Marilyn Murphy, author of Woven to Wear: 17 Thoughtful Designs with Simple Shapes and former president of Interweave, updates the ClothRoads blog regularly with wonderful stories about textile communities around the world and information about how some of the beautiful textiles available in the online shop are created. (And check out the team of Bolivian spindle spinners that ClothRoads sponsored for the Spinzilla competition this fall!)
If you are lucky enough to be in the Loveland, Colorado, area on November 21 and 22, stop by the ClothRoads studio for a trunk show of textiles curated by the ClothRoads staff. The show will feature "Peruvian textiles and accessories from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, as well as handknitted items, silk scarves, handwoven shawls, ikat, indigo, and home textiles from Peru, India, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Japan, Laos, and more."
Not in Colorado? Jump over to the ClothRoads online store and see what's new.
You're invited: ClothRoads Open Studio
Friday November 21, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
306 North Washington Street, Suite 104, Loveland, CO
Entrance on 3rd Street, Purple Door