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February 15, 2009


As the others said! "Cloak- woven fabric" sounds new to my ears. I love the textures and patterns of the weaving. It would be lovely to have these fabrics for sewing one's own projects too.

Mmmmm - the gold/black coat and the blue/white coats are delicious. I'm curious to click on the link and see if they have a store in Buenos Aires to visit when I'm there. And please keep posting whatever you like here - it is a delight to both get to know you better and to see your lovely textiles finds. (And that quote is wonderful, I agree.)

I love the sites you post (that first coat is incredible), I truly value your voice and outlook and eye for real craftsmanship and "slow cloth". I think the struggle you experience is a necessary part of searching for authenticity in a culture of superficial quick fixes, and I think it is entirely valid and valuable for you to struggle out loud on this blog.

What amazing garments - thank you for the link. I must confess I never visited your other blog, don't think I knew it was there. And I do agree with you about the so-called sustainable fashion movement. I think a lot of it is greenwash - ie. "organic" cotton t-shirts produced without certification in Chinese sweatshops are no less reprehensible than non-organic, and fibres such as bamboo and tencel are highly processed - again, in countries with lax health and safety standards.

Oh, I could go off on a rant, sorry. I think if you post about sustainable textiles and apparel on this blog I will be very happy.

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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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