The Moroccan carpet is iconic. It has grown exponentially, but Berber communities and the women who weave these gorgeous carpets have not necessarily benefited. Nina Mohammad-Galbert, founder of Artisan Project, explains this imbalance and discusses the importance of ethical sourcing and buying.
Bookhou Studio co-founder Arounna Khounnaraj is credited with making crafting cool, fun and accessible, and she’s got legions of fans around the world! An enthusiastic advocate of all things handmade, Arounna Khounnaraj is happiest when she is making, teaching workshops and composing beautifully written and photographed books on crafting and mending.
Weaver, designer, textile innovator Ploenchanh “Mook” Vinyaratn uses traditional handlooms and needlework to create modern, multi-dimensional textiles for handbags under her label MookV. She shares her process, the challenges in the marketplace and her relentless passion and optimism for artisan textiles.
Six months into the pandemic and closed borders, we’ve had some time to reflect. If you are interested in reading our thoughts on how we’ve tried to find blessings in this Covid time, read on. We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to too, so please reach out and share your experiences and thoughts.
At once visionary and down-to-earth, IBU Movement’s Susan Hull Walker shares insights on collaborating with artisans, merging heritage and contemporary textiles and keeping artisan livelihoods sustainable. IBU “Movement” Explores Heritage Skills, Textiles & “Language of Cloth.”
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