Backstrap-Weaving in Myanmar. To weave a typical table runner, such as this one, a weaver has to commit to three hours a day for seven to ten days. The technique is called one-faced supplementary weft patterning, an extension of brocade as explained in my blog here. One-faced means that the pattern is created only on the front side of the cloth, the supplementary pattern weft floating across threads to create these intricate patterns. || ClothRoads
Called grutas meaning lumps, this distinctive Peruvian handknitting technique produces a textural stitch like none other. The hats, designed and knit by the women and men of the Accha Alta community in the Peruvian Highlands high above the Sacred Valley, are a unique style for which these artisans are known. || ClothRoads
This is an Estonian community where traditional skills are passed through generations from mother to daughter, where the knitting of gloves, mittens, and stockings is still the main handcraft. Knitters are identifiable on the streets by their colorful cotton patchwork bag containing their knitting yarn and needles, || ClothRoads
Masterful, hand embroidery and bead artisanry often reminds me of the “hamsa”, the symbol of the hand of Fatima. It symbolizes patience, loyalty, faith, and resistance against difficulties.The Bedouin Jabaliya women, who create the embellished hand arts for the social enterprise FanSina, represent these qualities too. || ClothRoads
Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley is rightly famous for its ikat fabrics – which require infinite skill and patience of its practitioners. Because of its strong links to the past, and the independent, artistic nature of the process, ikat was suppressed in the Soviet era. Current masters (usto in Uzbek) learned from their fathers and grandfathers, who tied and died their complex warp patterns in secret. Fazlitdin Dadajonov was among the young apprentices who honed their craft in basement workshops.
Malagasy silk weaving is one of the country’s most honored craft traditions although it decreased dramatically for some time. It’s considered a female activity, one that unites family and community members. For generations, mothers have passed down the craft of making silk shawls, called lambas, to their daughters. This weaving varies by region but are distinguished by pattern, material, color, and use. | Clothroads