Textile stories

Dancing bodies, moving touch: Textiles, materiality and touch in Indian dance - Krishna P Unny from the MAP Academy finds in Briana Blasko's photographs a testament to the intimate relationship between textiles and dance.
Muslin: The unbearable lightness of being - Saiful Islam describes the delicate gestures involved in the production of Bangladesh's ethereal textile.
Looms of Ladakh: Keeping with knowledge of shesrig alive - Nalin Rai tells of an association in India's remote north that creates opportunities for local women by shifting pashmina production closer to the source.
Kondo Weaving Mill: Industrial Japanese craftsmanship - Alisa Tietboehl writes about a Japanese weaving mill that sustains its local craft through skill and innovation.
Lavina Baldota on curating Sutr Santati - We speak with Lavina Baldota about the epic curation of Sutr Santati, an exhibition of contemporary Indian textiles celebrating 75 years of independence.
Fair Isle knitting: Scottish islands, craft, and my family - Seamus Neufeld shares the history of Fair Isle knitting in appreciation of his mother's heritage.
Prita Tina Yeganeh ✿ The Sanctum of Qanāt - Our July laurel has adapted the traditional Iranian Abrī printing technique to works on silk involving micro-lattice patterns.
Ikuntji Style: In conversation at afternoon tea  - Bowie Dunne speaks with Western Desert textile artist Keturah Zimran about her designs inspired by Country.
A kimono for food: Hikibaku chopsticks for honoured guests - Serendouce Crafts commissioned Nishijin brocade maker Kohei Murata to apply the lustrous kimono textile technique to a set of chopsticks.
You Stir the Pot: Recipes for change - Victoria Manganiello tells us about a social change project that invites artists to apply their creativity to making recipes for a better world. 
1 square metre of linen: Life begins where the Internet ends - We speak with Hillevi Skoglund about a Swedish project involving thousands of participants who each plant and process a plot of linen.
Works from the International Art Textile Biennale 2023 - Works from the International Art Textile Biennale reveal a woven world.
Follow the algorithm: New journeys through the world of textiles - As part of Reinventing the Wheel, India's MAP Academy will present a new platform that helps in discovering new artworks and textile objects based on artificial intelligence.
Transforming the landscape into colour: India’s natural dyes - MAP Academy detail the development of India's iconic natural dyes: madder, indigo and lac.
The meaning of yellow - Helen Ting's weaving is inspired by the deep meaning of the colour yellow in Chinese culture.
Spacecraft ✿ A future from what remains - Stewart Russell at Spacecraft recovers robust colours from the debris of human activity, envisaging a sustainable future.
Damsko Srce: Heritage hanging by a thread - Lured by the smell of Turkish coffee, Jacqueline Stojanović discovers the home of Serbia's Pirot heritage carpet
Queering the Subversive Stitch: Sew very masculine! - D Wood reviews a book that seeks to give due recognition to the men who sew.
Julia Gutman ✿ Muses - Elyse Goldfinch, Associate Curator at Artspace, Sydney, looks at the "muse" in Julia Gutman’s textile representations of community and friendship among women, on the occasion of the artist’s debut solo exhibition at Sullivan+Strumpf.
Walking, thinking, making: A weaver in the world - Through six projects, weaver Sara Lindsay interlaces the warp of solitude with the weft of community.
The creative spark: Mexican heritage by hand today - Raquel Bessudo is drawn to the tapestry by Esteban Leñero, “The air that helps the spark”, that honours the magnificent churches of Michoacán.
Chechia: The little red hat that symbolises Tunisia - Leila Ben-Gacem follows an iconic hat whose production journey travels across Tunisia. 
Embroidering pugholes - Sera Waters describes how her embroidery brings to the surface the holes dug during settlement that remained as wounds on the landscape.
Raci’s mangrove apple: A batik message from the coast of Pasuruan to the fashion catwalk - Lauren Veronica Sidarsono writes from the village of the "little King" that celebrates the mangrove fruit with fashionable batik.
Know your weaver: The revival of Udupi sarees - Nalin Rai outlines the campaign that helped rescue the precious craft of weaving Udupi sarees in Karnataka.
Sara Hedayat ✿ Shishe dermeh as rugged elegance - Our May laurel goes to the Iranian weaver Sara Hedayat for her subtle interpretation of the resilient shishe dermeh.
Oh, will felting ever make it into Artforum? - Norwegian Crafts commissioned a series of videos by Siri Hjorth and Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas that reflect the opposing worlds of art theory and folk crafts.
Fold craft: Uncovering the Nivi sari - In our Reinventing the Wheel series, Kaamya Sharma reflects on the emergence of the Nivi sari as a national dress and how it demonstrates the craft of using as well as making.
Pachanbhai ✿ A finely woven story of change - Our December laurel is awarded to the Kutchi weaver, Pachanbhai, for a beautiful scarf featuring a finely woven story of climate change.
Piña: Weaving Filipino fibre into the world - Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan returned to the Philippines to work with weavers and embroiderers in recovering the world of piña, pineapple fibre. 
To steal a golden earring: In search of the chola in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh  - LOkesh Ghai continues his journey through the Himalayas in quest of the legendary choga over-garment.
The Macanas of Gualaceo: Ecuadorian ikat - Berenice Cárdenas traces the evolution of Ecuadorian ikat, from its Asian roots to its diversity of expression today.
Ulaṭbānsi / Zigzagging: Filming the spirit of weaving - Gauri Nori explains the thinking behind the film Ulaṭbānsi / Zigzagging, in which Kutchi weavers sing and tell of the spiritual value of the handloom.
Silk from San Pedro Cajonos: Artisans weaving new connections through the web - Raquel Bessudo tracks down a community of silk spinners weavers in Oaxaca, demonstrating the enterprise of their craft collectives.
Mata ni Pachedi: Sacred textiles come to the rescue - Kiran Chitara shares his ancient textile craft that rescues culture and fortune from destruction.
Reclaim the void: Weaving country whole - Ilka White presents a collaboration between Vivienne Robertson and Kado Muir that seeks to repair country with a giant textile artwork.
Tangimoe Clay ✿ Crafting the world on a string - For Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Tangimoe Clay's poi evoke memories of crafting these Māori balls on a string out of found materials.
Govindbhai ✿ Keri classic - LOkesh Ghai presents a keri motif, a Western Indian version of paisley, by master block carver, Govindbhai.
Pesh boro: Epic weaving from Afghanistan - Australian-based artist Khadim Ali introduces us to his weavers in Kabul, who demonstrate a fortitude characteristic of Hazara culture.
East and west, warp and weft - Blake Griffiths reflects on the textile that emerged from his journey east.
The world in a tea towel: Weaving cartographic abstractions - Nien Schwarz weaves connections to the land, transforming maps into tea towels for everyday use.
Song brocade: The lost past and the promising future in Chinese crafts - Peixuan Lyu recovers her childhood memories of brocade in the prestigious work of venerable Ms Xiaoping Qian.
Lissy Cole ✿ The many faces of Te Ao Māori - Keri-Mei Zagrobelna is struck by the technicolour crochet wheku (faces) woven by Melissa and Rudi Cole, who live an equally colourful life.
Tender cloths - Michele Elliot uses wrapping as a ritual to reflect the passing of life.
It began with the daughter-in-law ✿ The story of Bhujodi weavers on 29 May - This story-making event offers a unique encounter with the legendary weavers of Kutch.
Maryam Mohamadi ✿ Mageli - Maryam Mohamadi uses a traditional craft of felt hat-making to produce home decor for Iranian homes.
Sanaz Nataj ✿ Treasures from Qeshm and Khorashad - Atefe Mirsane uncovers the splendid couture of Sanaz Nataj, which draws on Iran's rich culture of village crafts.
Entangled threads: Woven knowledge systems - Charlotte Haywood presents the Mnemonic Vegetables project that includes practices to help us remember the plant world in specific locations.
Following nature’s rhythm: a season on the field as a Linen Steward - A day in the life of Melanie Bomans as a Linen Steward, caring for the plants that will clothe us.
Decay is beautiful - Samorn Sanixay reflects on the uses of decomposition in textile dyeing and how it resonates with Buddhism and the refugee experience.
Nicole Ellis ✿ Fabrications  - Fabrications covers thirty years of art-making by Sydney-based artist Nicole Ellis. It reviews her rich and complex involvement with collage, assemblage and found materials. Fastidiously selected textiles comprise the artists ‘palettes’ and provide the tones that she moulds into consistently beautiful, poised, luminous compositions. 
Linda Butcher ✿ Inside the tent in Egypt - An Australian quiltmaker is inspired by Egyptian tentmakers to produce an award-winning coverlet.
Rajan Vankar ✿ A lifelong love for the loom - Using his hard-won English skills, Rajan Vankar shares his pride and knowledge of Kutchi weaving designs and techniques, inspired by nature and traditions intertwined.
Paola Moreno ✿ Rhythms of Chile - Paola Moreno's modernist weaving is inspired by the many strands of Chilean culture, including precious textile relics of its ancient Inca past and passions of Violeta Parra.
Paula do Prado ✿ My abuela’s hands - Paula do Prado shares the story of her family’s epic story from Africa via Uruguay to Australia, as reflected in her intricately threaded creations.
Heirs of Llalliñ: Mapuche women weavers find the end of the rainbow - Artesanías de Chile invited Mapuche weavers to the Museum of Natural History, where they studied ancient textiles that they would re-create back home.
Kumarisari ✿ Buy forward fashion - We learn the thinking behind an innovative approach to India's vibrant market in saris, applying circular economy principles.
Charazani Project: Inca weaving revived - Constanza Urrutia Wegmann draws on a traditional Inca textile pattern to create a mesmerising weaving.
Cielo rojo (red sky) - Caco Honorato and Mariela Vicencio create fragile objects inspired by the poetry of broken wings.
The garden of Gildásio - Gildásio Jardim relates a remarkable life story, reflecting the experience of a tiny rural community in paintings that magically blend with real life.
Circular heritage: Textile legacy in the Andes - Daniela Contreras Flores is inspired by the Chimú ceremonial costume to create an iris-like woven form.
The Kawashima Textile School ✿ Ancient kasuri is alive in Japan - Helen Ting talks to Emma Omote about her role in keeping the ancient craft of kasuri weaving alive and asks: how resilient is this specialist craft skill in the age of machinery and mass production?
Mary Elizabeth Baron ✿ Passementing the present - Pamela See reviews the Lace exhibition by Mary Elizabeth Baron at Logan Art Gallery, which marks the subsiding of the first COVID-19 wave in Queensland.
Chikankari: The gift of health - Jaspal Kalra's scholarship leads him back to Lucknow where he celebrates those who add delight to our new masked identities.
Kasia Tons ✿ After - Valerie Kirk writes about an artist who used embroidery as a diary to record a lost world that may be our future.
A village delivered to your home: Report from the Selvedge World Fair - Helen Ting finds new ways to showcase cloth-making traditions in a pioneering festival.
Batik journeys between the three worlds: Here, there and everywhere - Elly Kent follows the path of batik as a way to explore the complex dynamic of Indonesian culture and to discover a much-needed optimism for our time. 
Flag Project (2006-2020) - Arahmaiani Feisal finds an answer in flags that bring communities together across the world to support positive values.
Batik exchange: Wahyu Subiyantoro Soediro - Carla van Lunn collaborates with the creator of striking bold Madurese batik.
Sanggar Batik Batara in Baujeng Village - Janet Teowarang describes a successful program to introduce batik skills to factory workers
The fragrant tuberose: Collaborative eco-printing by batik artisans from Pasuruan Regency in East Java - Janet Teowarang finds innovation from nature among a new generation of batik artisans in East Java.
Ulos through the viewfinder - Dewie Sartika Bukit describes a photography project that aims to inspire a new generation to admire the distinct ulos weaving tradition of Tono Batak.
DiTenun: Artificial intelligence technology for Indonesian traditional Weaving - Nancy Margried writes about a new technology for assisting artisans in expanding their traditional designs.
Academic and weaver join head and hand in Bandung - Sabrina Sakina writes about the symbiotic arrangement between Bandung designer Arlene Dwiasti Soemardi and local craftsperson Pak Epi and his weaver Andre
Zahir Widadi ✿ Fine batik for an intricate blue world - Hanny Kusumawati profiles master batik artist Zahir Widadi, who preserves the local wisdom of natural-dyed batik from his modest home workshop in Pekalongan.
Savu island: Greater and Lesser Blossoms will prevail - Geneviève Duggan and Icesarlince Tededara write about a matrilineal culture, where women wear their history. The challenges of COVID-19 contained the gift of time, thanks to the Tewuni rai Foundation.
In lockdown, a Bulgarian recreates the past - At last, Bulgaria! Ani Georgieva Yoveva makes use of lockdown to revive an eighteenth-century folk costume.
Pashmina: A perennial luxury - Khushbu Mathur reflects on the enduring appeal of the Kashmiri shawls made from the wool of the Himalayan Ibex.
Inspired by the peoli ✿ Textiles that emerge between the river and the forest - Vasanthi shares her experience of nurturing a grounded textile enterprise in Uttarakhand.
Fashion from silent Indian cinema: The blossom of the cobbler’s flower - LOkesh Ghai introduces a new course on the role of textiles in Indian cinema. He offers a sample from the controversial silent film "A Throw of the Dice". 
The Mongolian snuff bottle pouch: Embracing aromatic culture - The snuff bottle pouch adorns a key ritual that binds Mongolians together: the exchange of smells.
Muhubo Suleiman ✿ A home within a home - In her Melbourne flat, Muhubo Suleiman has re-created the aqal, thatched hut, her childhood home in Somalia.
[Re:]Entanglements in Nigeria - Nigerian artists Jennifer Ogochukwu Okpoko and Dr RitaDoris Edumchieke Ubah are inspired by colonial photographs to make new textile work drawing on the heritage of uli body and wall painting.
Ndomo: Beauty from mud in Mali - Rebecca Hoyes visits Segou on the Niger river to learn the secret of bogolan, mud cloth.
Wissa-Sophy: Back to the woven garden - Passent Nossair returns to the refreshing gardens of El Harraneya in Giza, Egypt, where she learns the remarkable story of Wissa Wassef, whose belief in the inner creativity of children helped build a weaving workshop of international renown.
Make the World Again: Twenty Australian textile artists - An exhibition of Australia textile art renews the power of weaving to bind the world together.
Annette Fitton ✿ A mob of laced roos - Annette Fitton has yarn-bombed Australia's iconic fauna and unleashed a mob of laced roos on the Italian town of Trivento.
Paola Moreno ✿ Healing plus - Our May laurel goes to Chilean textile artist Paola Moreno for a beautifully woven yet simple message of positivity for our time.
Bakhiya: The beauty of the imperfect - Bakhiya is not just a form of sewing with long stitches. It also offers a sufi meditation on the beauty of the imperfect and fragility of life, as reflected in these poignant works at Threshold Art Gallery, Delhi. 
Zetta Kanta ✿ Slow art with rescue fleece - The Gippsland-based felt artist Zetta Kanta is inspired by fleece from a rescue farm, which embodies the value of slow art.
Many stitches in time: the work of Annabelle Collett - Stephanie Radok reviews a book about the recently departed Annabelle Collett, a legendary textile artist who signature work was The Museum of 20th Century Fabric.
From Brunswick to Ahmedabad: The Hand/Eye Project - After lentils in Brunswick with LOkesh Ghai, Alasdair Mackinnon and Eddy Carroll are inspired travel to Ahmedabad and make a new range of hand-printed products that match hand and eye.
Safed: The beauty of simplicity - Sayali Goyal responds to questions about her project featuring handwoven textiles from across Indian in their raw beauty.
Responsible crafts tourism in Kutch - Ruth Clifford shares her advice about key issues in visiting craftspersons and offers a variety of alternative models for experiencing their remarkable skills.
The rules of the game: Weaving Durries in Rajasthan - New to Rajasthan, Kaamya Sharma takes a road trip to find Ramesh Mundal, a renowned durry weaver, and looks behind the scenes at his presentations for tourists.
The angels of Dhadhampatti - Julia Raath visits the Tamil Nadu village of Sittilingi and is inspired to help them bring vibrant colours to far away lands.
A gift of song: The melody of making Kediyun - LOkesh Ghai finds himself in a song by his Kutchi hosts and now argues consumers should learn to sing the words that made their purchases.
Never on Tuesdays: How the Padma Saliyar weave auspiciousness into wedding saris - Aarti Kawlra explains the painstaking efforts of the Tamil weaving caste, Padma Saliyars, to heighten auspiciousness in their wedding saris.
Finding Mahtab and starting a new life - Khosro Mahinroosto tells how finding the legendary Baluchistan needle-worker changed his life and led to the establishment of Gileboom eco-lodge.
Christus Nóbrega ✿ Remaking the past with lace - Christus Nóbrega journeyed his ancestral homeland in Brazil and found local lace makers to recover his family history.
Spider Woman’s Children: The next generation of Navajo weavers - Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete introduce us to the ancient myth and bright future of Navajo rug weaving.
Presha’s Coverlet - Jeffrey Keith considers the bedcover made by his great-great-grandmother as a memoir and describes how its threads bind him to the southern mountains she called home.
The fabric of memory: Story cloth as art and history for Hmong in USA - Mary Louise Buley-Meissner and Vincent Her pay homage to the embroidered stories of Hmong artist Xao Yang Lee.
Cracking the colour code: The Maiwa-Khatri partnership - Charllotte Kwon and Abdul Jabbar Khatri share their sides of the story about their enduring Indian-Canadian partnership.
Dear Grandma, Thank you for being a maker: A Cowichan story - Damara Jacobs-Morris acknowledges her Grandma for passing on the sacred tradition of Cowichan knitting.
Catharine Ellis and the journey of True Colors - We feature weld-dyer Catharine Ellis, from the book True Colors, by Keith Recker who reflects on the principles that underlie his life in colour, thus far.
A decade of yarn bombing - Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain celebrate ten years since the  first publication of Yarn Bombing and reflect how it has defied the homely associations of knitting.
Judy Nolan ✿ A knitted revenge on wordiness - A fibre artist takes revenge on convoluted writing with a knitting needle.
Democracy by hand in Chile - Textile artists can re-make flags to give a human dimension to a nation. Paola Moreno and Carolina Varela have made a powerful work in immediate response to the current crisis in Chilean democracy.
Paula do Prado ✿ El Grito - Paula do Prado's textile work El Grito expresses a cultural resistance drawing on her African ancestry.
Shyrdak: A sunny day in Kyrgyzstan - Dinara Chochunbaeva takes us to Kyrgyzstan on a sunny spring afternoon when the shyrdak felt rugs are on display.
Aziz Murtazaev ✿ Why I returned from London - The story of how Aziz Murtazaev left his lucrative career in London and returned to Uzbekistan, making a successful ikat workshop. .
Layerscapes: Colonial history on a thread - Sera Waters explains how she reflects the settler colonial condition through layers of her textile objects.
Weaving Pang Jai: In search of old Hong Kong - Eloise Rapp goes in search of a textile that embodies the ramshackle identity of old Hong Kong.
When nomads come to town: Sustaining weaving traditions on the Ladakhi Changthang Plateau - Catherine Allie traces the journeys of nomad weavers in remote north-western India, famous for their tsug dul blanket
The long and winding Silk Road: My quest to uncover treasures from Central Asia - Christina Sumner helped reveal to the world the splendour of Central Asian crafts. Here she retraces her journey as she sought permission to borrow their priceless treasures.
In search of the elusive Baluchari in Bengal - Swadha Sonu turns to Kamalan to help her find the heritage crafts of Sholapith, Masland mat-making and, the Baluchars.
“If you want to know about us, examine our buildings”: A Journey through Uzbekistan  - For Mary Jose, Uzbek architecture is a window onto a sublime past, reflected today in the beautiful ikat textiles of Margelan
Culture, craft and cuisine in West Bengal  - Liz Wauchope shares her experience travelling through West Bengal, absorbed by beauty and skill.
Saori weaving: Striving for irregularity - Kaz Madigan shares her unique relationship to the Japanese Saori weaving workshop, which values the human touch as part of Zen Buddhism
A journey shared, India dared and why I take tours… - Julia Raath travelled India to find out who make these exquisite textiles, and now makes a path for others to follow.
Why the copy of a Turkmen wedding dress is better than the original - Unintentionally, Hermann E. Rudolph breaks a sacred rule of Turkmen culture and tries to make amends.
Postcards from Home: Tapestries of Sri Lanka - Cresside Collette's tapestries connect her to a childhood home in Sri Lanka, evoking memories of past beauty and present concerns.
Maggie Baxter ✿ Peeling walls and tattered ledgers - Maggie Baxter shares new works that use embroidery to evoke the textures of time she has found in India.
Annika Ekdahl ✿ From still to slow life - The winner of the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestry, the Swedish artist Annika Ekdahl, translates the history of Vanitas painting into fibre.
Take Time ✿ A momentary exhibition of tapestries - Isabelle Mackay-Sim shares work from tapestry artists in a Canberra exhibition.
Sairi Yoshizawa ✿ The colours of eucalyptus - Sairi Yoshizawa's recent award-winning work applies a particularly Japanese approach to Australian nature, revealing the rustic beauty of eucalypt dyes.
Please give up your seat for local design - New seat designs were recently announced for Melbourne's trains. As part of our Crafted City campaign, we seek the opinion of Alasdair MacKinnon about the significance of this decision.
Sera Waters ✿ Dazzleland - Sera Waters "justice-driven" exhibition stitches together a new canvas for dreams of home in an ancient land.
Julie Ryder ✿ Hidden Sex - Canberra textile artist Julie Ryder shares her series of beautiful works that reveal the subterfuge of sea plants and parallel hidden place of women in scientific history.
Re-Threading the tapestry of an arid topography: A return to Kutch with Maggie Baxter - Gopika Nath returns to Kutch to reflect on the enduring embroidery culture and distinctive collaborations of Maggie Baxter.
Nations unravelled and re-woven - Sanne Vaassen unravels flags and asks artists from that country to re-weave the threads into a new tapestry.
Linda Brescia: Holding Up The Sky - Kath Fries reflects on the work of Linda Brescia who monumentalises and memorialises hidden domestic labour.
Pathways through The Social Outfit - Eloise Rapp interviews Joanne Morton from the Social Outfit.
Biculturalism at hand: The Australian-Malay quilt - Soraya Abidin writes about her work with Seed Stitch and her journey as a Malay-Australian.
アイヌの手仕事:愛と祈りの布作り - アイヌの布が持つ不変の特質の最たるものは、作り手の愛情を留めおき、そこに込められた祈りによってアイヌとアイヌとをつなぐところだ。長谷川の言葉にもあるように、この祈りが布に命を吹き込み、それが力となって使い手や持ち主に働くのだ
淡路・阿波人形浄瑠璃の衣裳が生きていた景色 - 日本には、人形浄瑠璃という芸能があります。『浄瑠璃』というのは、物語を義太夫節で語り、三味線の伴奏が入る話芸です。これに合わせて人形を巧みに操って演技させることから、この名前がつけられています。およそ、500年もの歴史があります。2008年、ユネスコの無形文化遺産に、同じ流れをくむ文楽とともに、能楽・歌舞伎と並んで指定され、世界に名だたる日本の伝統芸能となりました
Quarterly Essay ✿ Of time and the city - In a lyrical tribute to mindful living, Kathryn Bird and Ross Gibson find in Kyoto a beauty borne of skill and care.
Do you know what this textile from Nagaland is? - Please note this query about a sash from the Indian north-east state of Nagaland. 
Eucalypt meets indigo in Kanazawa – with gold leaf - Photographer Siri Hayes travelled to Kanazawa to combine Australia eucalypt-dyed threads with those in Japanese indigo.
Throwing shadows from the sun: Spacecraft’s botanical prints - Eugenia Lim examines the Spacecraft upholstery commission, applying a new tradition of wattle prints to Boyd furniture.
Folding Indigo: Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser - Caren Florance writes about the shibori artist Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser whose work expresses the richness of indigo.
Ainu textiles: Cloth weighted with affection and prayer 🇯🇵 - ann-elise lewallan shares her research on the cultural context of Ainu textiles and Kaizawa Tamami explains her design practice
From Venice to Kyoto: Glass reflections of obi under the moonlight - Shoko Aono presents a poetic collaboration of Kyoto obi merchant, Kondaya Genbey, and Venetian glass artist Laura de Santillana
Itohen universe: A new generation textiles workshop - Itohen Universe is a Kyoto workshop of young weavers who seek to keep skills of kimono alive today
Intuitive Thread: The Beauty of Process in Japanese Textiles - While living in Kyoto, Eloise Rapp found four textile artists using traditional techniques in new ways.
Of Time and the City - Kathryn Bird and Ross Gibson find in Kyoto and beauty borne of skill and care
Manuela López-Mateos ✿ Como es tu enagua y tu huipil? - One of Garland's Zapotec community reflects on the linguistic diversity of Oaxaca, and how the language of the Ikoots is reflected in the textiles they wear. (See English translation below)
Natalia Toledo ✿ My skin bursts with the flowers etched upon my dress - Natalia Toledo is one of the strong female Zapotec voices that can be heard from Oaxaca. She gives voice to a consciousness that inhabits the "craft classic" of the huipil.
Making memory ✿ The Huldremose woman today - Lisa Sharp writes about three textile artists who attempt to weave memories into their work. Reminiscent of Kim Mahood's essay on an anthropogenic art, she begins by invoking our wonder at the deep time found in museums.
Thanks giving in Australia: Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga’s Rajah Quilt - Kevin Murray describes a project that makes connections across time to the beginning of settlement and space with Aboriginal and craft guild collaborations
The quilts of Jess and Cynthia Johnson: A mother-daughter partnership - Sophia Cai talks to mother and daughter about how they work together to create such vibrant art quilts.
The linking object: A textile mourning ritual - Mary Burgess outlines a practice of mourning through ritualised recycling of textiles.
Can Suzhou Embroidery be contemporary art? - Anying Chen discusses the Suzhou embroidery produced by Yao Huifen for the China Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017, and considered whether it would be considered contemporary art from a Chinese perspective.
Weaving the feathered serpent - Yunuen Perez recounts her journey across the Pacific and the feathered serpent she takes with her.
Woven histories of Chiapas and Oaxaca - Ansie van der Walt reviews books on textiles of Chiapas and Oaxaca
Slow made tradition in Oaxaca - Ehren Seeland connects the intensive making of mole sauce to the textile crafts renowned in Oaxaca
Celebrating the huipil – From past to present - Ehren Seeland reflects on collaborations with artisans in Oaxaca making the iconic garment which eventually became a wedding dress
Offerings for absent friends: An interview with Ro Cook - Mark Stiles talks to a Sydney textile artist of twenty years experience on hemp works from her latest exhibition, inspired by the Hmong culture.
KUTCH: a visual identity for a radiant people - Ishan Khosla reflects on a graphic design project using the vibrant crafts that belie the parched and bleak salty land they live on