Posted on 21st Feb 2017
Greetings from Panajachel Guatemala! We are back in Guatemala to help with a “product development” workshop for the artisans of Multicolores, the NGO here in Guatemala that supports and develops the women artisans.
The workshop is being led by our friend Mary Flanagan, a textile artisan who is also a brilliant product designer. Mary is that great combination of maker, designer and teacher. Learn more about Mary at mfwoolens.com.
As you know, we have worked with Multicolores artisans for a few years. The ability of the women artisans to design and hook rugs is expanding all the time. We continue to be awed by their creativity. We picked up a few new rugs that can only be described as stunning. We will post them on the website ASAP.
This trip we are working with the artisans so that they can learn how to make a Hooked Basket. The artisans used a provided template and hooked the basket sides and bottom.
This week Mary is teaching them how to assemble their basket. The women are excited to learn something new and expand their earning potential. We will be selling the Hooked Baskets on the website as they are available.
As always … there is a little time left for fun and silliness. The women loved playing the Balloon Game. The courtyard setting is perfect. The birds were singing and the flowers are so beautiful. Spring is already here.
In late March Cultural Cloth will travel to Morocco where we plan to meet the artisans that we have corresponded with over the years and we have a long list of new artisans that we would like to meet who will be able to supply us with the handmade rugs you have been asking about. [...]
We've worked with Jabbar Khatri and his team for years. We've sold his scarves and wraps in our shop almost every season, but now we've teamed up with this award winning artist from Bhuj, India and his talented team of tie’ers, dyers and quilters to create an organic cotton baby quilt that babies, mammas and grannies [...]
This fall I have been co-leading a project to teach embroidery to a new group of women who live near Panajachel Guatemala. It has been an amazing experience for me and the home have learned so much. Here are some of photos of the women and their work:
One of the most wonderful things I have done this year is to partner with Reyna Pretzantzin, director of Multicolores, and Sarah Brown, an embroidery artist in the UK and founder of St Luce Stitch, to teach a new group of Guatemalan women embroidery and to guide them to develop items that they can sell to make [...]
The following is an insiders accounting of the recent Embroidery Workshop in Guatemala as told by the teacher, Mary Anne Wise, Founder of Cultural Cloth.The primary objective of this workshop is to coalesce as a group. Therefore, to start with, we talk about what makes a good teacher, what makes a good student, what are our mutual responsibilities. [...]
At Cultural Cloth a crucial part of our mission is to help our sister artisans around the world develop better ways to support their families. Over the years we’ve talked about our rug-hooking project in Guatemala which began with a single weekend long workshop in 2009. Believing in the economic potential of this technique we co-founded Multicolores, a Guatemalan based non-profit [...]
Spend your weekends exploring our colorful picks for six hours of breath taking views and fabulous shopping and dining along the stretch of the Great River Road from Maiden Rock to Pepin, Wisconsin. Located just 70 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Thanks to Jay Olson-Goude for this photo of the Great River Road in full fall glory! Meander downriver and take in [...]
Of all the Guatemalan textile techniques, I fell in love with embroidery first. I was captivated by the exquisite hand embroidered men’s pantalone panels, alive with delicate birds, or the thick, colorful seams embellishing women’s skirts. In the clothing of the culture, embroidery is everywhere in Guatemala.Before founding Cultural Cloth, Jody and I worked with Jose, an embroidery artist from [...]
Spend Sunday exploring our picks on Lake Pepin from Bay City to rural Stockholm WI. Located just 70 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. The majestic Mississippi River bluffs and scenic Lake Pepin are the backdrop for our art inspired sojourn to women owned businesses along the West Coast of Wisconsin.10 a.m. Bay City, WISCONSINChef ShackStart off your Sunday morning [...]