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Mogalakwena: Craft village with soul

BY MARCELLA ECHAVARRIA To Elbe Coetese, the founder of Mogalakwena, “the bird in the open cage is homage to freedom, creativity and imagination, the three principles behind what we do…” Founded in 1994, the purpose of Mogalakwena is to create employment…

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos

SUBMITTED BY REBECA SCHILLER Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos, a part travelogue and silk weaving primer, take armchair travelers on a picturesque and delightful journey to Lao’s Houaphan Province where authors Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck developed warm relationships with…

Mrinalini Mukherjee’s modern sculpture

SUBMITTED BY THE MET BREUER Combining elements of modern sculpture, inspirations from nature and local Indian tradition, sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee created commanding, odd, and unsettling forms that are on display in Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee, the first U.S. retrospective of the…

In the Mood

BY REBECA SCHILLER Admire a wall of Don Carney’s work and you would swear that numerous 1940s vintage woodblock prints were long-lost treasures found in his grandparents’ attic. Not so. These are 21st-century ink drawings made with ink dropper and tiny…

A Link in the Chain

BY KEITH RECKER Judy Ross is all about chain stitch In her company’s early days, Judy Ross commuted between her houseboat and her production facility in a shikara – a slender skiff with palm leaf paddles used in the lake region…

Global Cottage Industry

BY SARAH ARCHER The Middle East has long been synonymous with masterful craftsmanship: architecture, ceramics, textiles, carved wood, manuscripts and metalwork dazzle museum-goers and tourists alike, and inspire designers and artists all over the world. In the traditional cultures of this…

The Cult of Bokja

BY REBECA SCHILLER Textile aficionados love them, so do design fans, and movie stars like America’s sweethearts Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Kate Hudson. Thanks to the stars and design bloggers, the cult of Bokja is no longer a secret. What…

Identity Deconstructed

text: Tonia Marie Harris Pam Glew is known for her singular bleaching technique on fabric, using dye and bleach to create distressed vintage textiles. In 2007, she began to use flags, quilt, and brocade as a response to war. The resulting…

Following a Gut Reaction

BY ANNIE WATERMAN Alia Kate is the founder of Kantara Rugs, a premiere source for trade trade, handwoven Moroccan carpets in the United States. HAND/EYE Online spoke with her about the Moroccan carpet industry, the role of women carpet weavers, about preserving…

Nothing Shines

BY SARAH BUTTENWIESER Hiroshi Nakayama lives and works at the very end of a dirt road in the woods of Worthington, Massachusetts, a tiny town tucked in the hills of Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. On an early spring morning, the snow…