First Report: Embroidery Project, One Stitch at a Time to Support Families
At Cultural Cloth a crucial part of our mission is to help our sister artisans around the world develop better ways to support their families. Over the years we’ve talked about our rug-hooking project in Guatemala which began with a single weekend long workshop in 2009. Believing in the economic potential of this technique we co-founded Multicolores, a Guatemalan based non-profit now working wi...
6 Hours on Lake Pepin: Colorful Things To Do in October
Spend your weekends exploring our colorful picks for six hours of breath taking views and fabulous shopping and dining along the stretch of the Great River Road from Maiden Rock to Pepin, Wisconsin. Located just 70 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Thanks to Jay Olson-Goude for this photo of the Great River Road in full fall glory! Meander downriver and take in the majestic river bluffs w...
We Are Off to the Land of Bedouin Carpets, Exotic Souks & the Sahara Desert
In late March Cultural Cloth will travel to Morocco where we plan to meet the artisans that we have corresponded with over the years and we have a long list of new artisans that we would like to meet who will be able to supply us with the handmade rugs you have been asking about. We especially like the Beni Ouarain and Bourcheroite. The truth is, we like it all. We hope to meet the women who wea...
New Baby Quilts, In Time for the Holidays
We've worked with Jabbar Khatri and his team for years. We've sold his scarves and wraps in our shop almost every season, but now we've teamed up with this award winning artist from Bhuj, India and his talented team of tie’ers, dyers and quilters to create an organic cotton baby quilt that babies, mammas and grannies will love. The quilt is understated simplicity. This little gem, comes together...
Meet Some of the Guatemalan Embroidery Artisans
This fall I have been co-leading a project to teach embroidery to a new group of women who live near Panajachel Guatemala. It has been an amazing experience for me and the home have learned so much. Here are some of photos of the women and their work:
Workshop #2: Embroidered Dolls
One of the most wonderful things I have done this year is to partner with Reyna Pretzantzin, director of Multicolores, and Sarah Brown, an embroidery artist in the UK and founder of St Luce Stitch, to teach a new group of Guatemalan women embroidery and to guide them to develop items that they can sell to make money that supports their families.The first session was conducted in Sept in Panajachel...
Second Report: Embroidery Workshop
The following is an insiders accounting of the recent Embroidery Workshop in Guatemala as told by the teacher, Mary Anne Wise, Founder of Cultural Cloth.The primary objective of this workshop is to coalesce as a group. Therefore, to start with, we talk about what makes a good teacher, what makes a good student, what are our mutual responsibilities. Then, together we create a list of rules for th...