Posts Tagged ‘wool’

Arhuaca mochila bags of Colombia

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I first noticed these cylindrical handwoven bags on a couple of delegates at the UN World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia. They looked unusually sturdy, very finely handwoven in wool, and all had unique and beautiful geometric patterns. A week later in Bogotá I realized they are actually quite common.

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Berber rugs from the Beni Ouarain region

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The impulse in Berber rug-making to both interrupt and also loosely maintain a pattern seems unique in traditional textiles. If not unique, then it’s hard to name a tradition that equals Berber mastery of this particular tension. In Berber carpets, especially those produced in the Beni Ouarain region, this semi-controlled disorder is said to function as a talisman against evil and as a promoter of  fertility.

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High school student hybridizes her own indigo woad

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

British Columbia student Sarah Dalziel, who regularly wins medals in Canadian science fairs, is working on hybridizing the woad plant for maximum yield in harsh climates. Woad, which as you probably know was used by Boadicea to paint herself blue in early Celtic times, is an important source of indigo dye.

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The Cowichan sweater of Vancouver Island

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The late Amelia Charlie, prominent designer and promoter of the Cowichan sweater

Above is an example of the Cowichan sweater (photo courtesy Cowichan Tribes). The Cowichan belong to the Coast Salish people, long renowned for their fine weaving, so it’s not surprising the Cowichan people easily adapted their own designs to the knitting they learned from white settlers.

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New York loft with stripes

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Probably everyone and his/her dog has seen this NYC loft apartment by now, and possibly also blogged about it, but this is one of those places that is so hypnotizing I can’t stop looking at it. It’s on the top floor of a former industrial building on Broadway in NYC and not surprisingly it belongs to an architect couple.

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Laptop sleeves, and the whole sweater

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

This is our friend Jonathan’s 100% lambswool, infallible laptop sleeve. If you don’t feel you can carry off the sleeves, then here’s an excellent upcycled armless laptop sweater you can easily make yourself, but it should be called a sleeveless.

and then there’s this.

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