Posts Tagged ‘weaving’

Mick Jagger in Peru

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I was talking to the very knowledgeable owner of a shop of antique weaving in Cuzco, Peru, and after a while he mentioned that Mick Jagger had been in the shop two years before. When I asked if Jagger was in Peru to do a gig, he said no, he had come to see Machu Picchu. I guess he he missed it the first time he was in Peru, when …read more

Arhuaca mochila bags of Colombia

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I first noticed these cylindrical handwoven bags in Medellín, Colombia, when I saw them worn by a couple of delegates at the UN World Urban Forum. I noticed them because they looked unusually sturdy, were very finely handwoven in wool, and all had unique and beautiful geometric patterns. After I arrived in Bogotá I realized they are actually common. The bag is called an arhuaca mochila and is a traditional …read more

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience

Friday, May 18th, 2012

“If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation. Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. His nesting places—the activities that are intimately associated with boredom—are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well. With this the gift for listening is lost and the community of listeners …read more

Japanese interiors – updated traditional farmhouses

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The photo above shows the central living area of a rural farmhouse on the border of Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures. The house was restored by Kenji Tsuchisawa who bought it as a rundown heap when he was only 20, after seeing a photograph of a traditional Japanese farmhouse on a Tokyo magazine cover. He bought the house before realizing it was situated just one village away from the house in …read more

Traditional Japanese scarecrows

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The bottom photo shows a functioning scarecrows made of indigo-dyed hemp. The original book caption reads “The bold design of this piece of shibori-dyed hemp by Seizo Ishikawa, a farmer, seems at home working as a scarecrow by a newly harvested rice field.” The birds in Japan must have been accustomed to seeing farmers in real Japanese indigo yukatas, waving their arms. In the top photo, however, the proximity to …read more

Playing with Tradition rug by Richard Hutton

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Textile looms and computers share a common history; Babbage used punch cards in his Difference Engine after seeing a Jacquard loom at work. This carpet by Richard Hutten is called “Playing With Tradition” and it plays on the historical relationship of looms and computers by looking exactly like a digital image that has been pixel-stretched. (Along similar lines, see this.) Hutton has designed furniture and other products for Droog and Sawaya and Moroni, …read more