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Trash Talk

BY KEITH RECKER Unique-Eco cleans up the Kenyan shoreline and uses what it carts away to create sculpture and jewelry that are getting attention in European fashion circles. Julie Church went from being a marine biologist to businesswoman…just because she had…

Social Fabric Woven

BY CHERYL ROBERTSON Handicrafts bring independence, industry and income “My message to every woman is that the first step to self empowerment is to learn to love and believe in yourself,” says Halima Al Quaidah, once a volunteer wool-washer and now…

Review: A Weaverly Path

BY LYN HART The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden, a film by Kenny Dalsheimer How does one peer into the mind of an artist, into the deep recesses where creativity and vision abide? What would be visible there? How could it…

Daily Ritual

BY REBECA SCHILLER Mitra Bali’s Ceramic Cups Coffee aficionados might argue what makes the perfect cup o’ Joe, but no one can deny that a lovely oversized cup handmade from the artisans of Mitra Bali makes the morning ritual worth waking…

Responsive Clay

BY MICHELE QUAN Michele Quan’s ceramic objects Clay is a tactile and very responsive material, it lures you in, yet can be fickle and impossible to rush with potholes at each of its states, from wet to dry, dry to bisque…

Handmade for Japan

BY REBECA SCHILLER Top artists donate work for Japan relief auction Peaceful, tranquil, and serene Japan was rocked by a deadly 9.0 earthquake on Friday, March 11th,  and 36 minutes later pounded by a deadly tsunami that killed more than 10,000…

The Regal Benarasi

text: Richa Prakash Designs on its Future It has been mentioned in the Rig Veda as Hiranya Vastra or the golden cloth; it was once woven exclusively with cotton yarn and real gold and silver threads and it is still one of the…

East Meets West

BY CATHERINE SALTE. A Cultural Exchange Knit Up A knitwear designer finds a common language through craft. Twelve years ago, I moved to my husband’s lovely Aegean town filled with Greco-Roman and Byzantine ruins, tourists, and 30,000 inhabitants. While there were…

Potters for Peace

BY ANN SCHUNIOR Fostering better pottery for environmental sustainability Pottery-making in rural, underdeveloped countries is always hard work. The clay must be dug and processed. Equipment and tools are minimal; potters wheels are scarce. Potters work in isolation from each other…

Handloom Heritage

text: Julie Hall The woven saris of Maheshwar are reborn via Rehwa Society’s “barefoot business” techniques Roshanara Bi was unlikely to become one of the top weavers of aheshwar. Born into a poor family from the Muslim area of town, at…