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October 10, 2008


You might enjoy our textiles... www.AnanseVillage.com. We work with several training centers in West Africa which are teaching the traditional methods of batik and tye dye to men and women who then set up their own studio/workshop enterprises. We also have a nice selection of wax prints from ATL in Ghana.We are working hard to help maintain the production of African Fabric manufactured in Africa. (Not China, Pakistan or Europe)
Thanks for your attention to these beautiful graphic traditions.

The slide show is wonderful.My almost-daughter -in-law recently brought me back cloths from Malawi, printed in Tanzania. These were very much working quality, rather than fine fabrics, but lovely nonetheless.

I really like that second piece!

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.


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