July 8, 2011

craft for change {Smithsonian Folklife Festival}

Yesterday I attended the event "Craft for Change" at the Textile Museum. Weavers from Tonga and Peru demonstrated their techniques and answered questions, followed by a panel discussion with returned Peace Corps volunteers and international development professionals about the role of textiles in craft and artisan business development. This is part of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program The Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Promoting World Peace and Friendship.

weaving alpaca in natural colors


 lambswool + natural dyes






 I love the hat!









I will share the photos of the Tonga weavers this weekend.


I received the first shipment with Fall-Winter 2011/12 orders today and have been busy, busy unpacking and sorting them out by store name, shipping date...


Have a lovely weekend everybody!!!

9 comments:

  1. Stunning photos. I love this.

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  2. Wow, look at all the wonderful colours! And expertise with textile and weaving. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful museum and the Smithsonian! Have a lovely weekend. Can't wait to see your fall products. : )

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  3. Thank you!
    It is indeed a luxury to have these wonderful activities so close to me now. Even though I am very familiar with the Andean textiles, I enjoy the process very much, especially when it is all by hand like on these photos.

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  4. these woven textiles are so pretty and the detail is superb! its crazy how they are completely handmade!

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  5. Stunning! Love the colours that the Peruvian put together. xx

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  6. those photos are so impressive, especially are those women, also!

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  7. I love these colors--gorgeous!

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  8. Wow...what a fantastic photos:) The colours are incerdible. Have a great start to the week, my dear
    Kisses

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