2017 Textile Tour of Bhutan

I’m excited to finally be able to release details of the specialised Textile Tour to Bhutan 2017. This tour gives you the opportunity to travel with TWO textile experts!

This year we are led by Patrizia Franceschinis Tshering. Living in Bhutan since 1982, married to a Bhutanese, Patrizia is an enthusiastic collector of textile art and handwoven textiles from South-South East Asia. Patrizia applies 21 years’ work in women’s development with international and non-governmental organizations with a life-long interest in textile design and hand weaving and has worked with Bhutanese master weavers and artists for decades. Continue reading

Imitating textiles: Bhutan

P1240050Recently I wrote about the imitation of shibori in embroideries on display in the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson at the National Textile Museum in Washington, DC (Textiles Imitating Textiles).

A few days ago, I was privileged to view the beautiful textiles submitted for Bhutan’s national textile competition and enjoyed another embroidery that beautifully portrayed textiles. 
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Textiles imitating textiles

P1200152I am fascinated by cross-pollenations between textiles of different cultures (such as batik influenced by patola designs, or block-printed fabrics imitating Thai kit designs) as well as across media (such as stone carvings depicting patterning in clothing). In October, I finally made my first visit to the National Textile Museum in Washington DC, and saw the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson and found another skilled imitation of one textile technique in another textile medium. Continue reading

Zoucheng: Zha-ran Butterfly Technique

21 Dec Dali - 179Among pieces of tie-dye I had purchased in Arimatsu in Japan, were some pieces of indigo-dyed heavy cotton. I was fascinated with the small butterfly stitch-resist patterns, but despite scouring books on shibori techniques, I failed to find out how to create them myself. Continue reading

Phnom Chisor: Hol weaving

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Cambodian hol is woven on a plain warp, with all the design being in the pre-patterned weft (see Hol Weft Preparation). Once the warp is wound onto the board that will hold it at the foot of the loom, the hundreds of ends of very fine silk must be threaded through the reed (heddles are created once the warp is on the loom).

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Bhutan: Royal Textile Academy Fashion Show

RTA fashion parade

Recently I enjoyed browsing through the sumptuous kushutara brocades paraded down the catwalk at the Window to Woven Dreams fashion show held at the opening of the new Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Continue reading