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October 17, 2008


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I think many African textiles are beautiful, and I did notice that some designers at the Paris fashion week used African textile crafts (or at least prints inspired by African crafts). I wonder how sustainability fits into the fickle nature of fashion with textile crafts that require for the knowledge to be kept alive from generation to generation. For example, if there is a huge demand for African mud cloth today and craftsmen there work towards a certain level of quality and production, that's great for today. But tomorrow if the new craze is embroidery, then does the demand for mud cloth take a nose dive? How do designers or craftsmen make sure there is a constant demand for their crafts?

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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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