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November 10, 2008


Thanks a million for this fascinating post, Lainie. I knew about the Shipibo and the ayahuasca tradition, but I had no idea that they translated that into textile. I feel very excited to learn about it !

i am aware of this singing thing in carpet making in turkey also. it was a most reliable way to bring the pattern with you if your community was nomadic. i have always loved that concept. i like your new focus on the textiles themselves. thank you.

Fascinating. Thanks for the links.

I like how they can sing the visual pattern. I find the reverse when I play the piano - I "see" a story to the music.

There is something very similar in Tibetan tradition, the yungdjung-pattern. This means "unshakeble", and it refers to the power of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani. In black and white, this pattern may appear spontaneously before one's closed eyes when something very unexpected happens. I experienced that a few times.

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    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
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    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
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  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
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    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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