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October 03, 2009


Interesting post. I can't imagine a 'batik war', but on the other hand there have been less reasons for an outbreak of hostilities.

Speaking from a British perspective, much of our own traditional textile craft industry from Scottish weaving to lace making in the south of England have been decimated and cynically ignored by successive generations of politicians, leaving us with an embarassing lack of traditional textile culture.

Great post, what fabulous news. Off to follow the links and read more.


great post elaine, i am thinking to that that peace you speak of is probably the future of craft. a slight chance at furthering this intangible heritage...going forward and letting it live and become through devotion, interaction and respect.

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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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