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Following the Threads As We Launch a New Project

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 [...]

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How to Display a St Luce Textile in Your Home

Cultural Cloth turned to a customer and expert on displaying textiles, Leslie Davis, for advice on how to creatively display the St Luce Embroideries in your home.  Leslie owns Leslie Davis Preservation Framing in Milwaukee.We asked Leslie How she would display the embroideries in your home if you  were on a budget?Now if you have [...]

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Embroidery Artisans from Madagascar Featured in Exhibition Debut at Cultural Cloth

From the island nation of Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa, the finely detailed hand-embroidered works by Stitch St Luce have traveled 9,488 miles to their US debut exhibition at Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.These pieces will be on display during the Fresh Art Tour from June 3-5, which is a self-guided tour of 16 [...]

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Upcoming Tour & Workshop in Guatemala

In 2017 Cultural Cloth with again team up with Multicolores as they offer their tour of Guatemala and rug hooking workshop with Mayan artisans.  The workshop will run from Feb 24 through March 5.  The tour is limited to 17 participants and last year it was filled in May, almost 8 months before the event.  The [...]

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Workshop Expands Understanding of Color for Artisans

March 21, 2016. Panajachel, Guatemala.Earlier this month Keith Recker, founder of HandEye magazine and author of The 20th Century in Color, conducted a workshop with a select group of Multicolores’ rug hooking artists. Reyna Pretzantzin, President of Multicolores, and Mary Anne Wise, founder of the Guatemalan Rug Hooking Project, assisted. Twelve rug hookers convened over three days to learn new ways [...]

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Setting Sail For India

Our shop in Maiden Rock closed for the season on Dec 23. No worries: we'll be processing on-line orders throughout the winter.Winter is when we venture forth, make new contacts with artisan groups and get inspired by amazing, motivated women who produce exquisite handmade textiles from all over the world. This year we’re taking our quest for inspiration to India [...]

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Alliance for Artisan Enterprise Competition

In September 2015 finalists in a global competition sponsored by the Aspen Institute's Alliance for Artisan Enterprise were announced. The Guatemalan rug hooking artisans, a project initiated by Cultural Cloth founders Jody Slocum and Mary Anne Wise, were among the 15 finalists.  Today the project is supported by Multicolores, a Guatemalan artisan based nonprofit Slocum & [...]

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Textile Adventures: Jody's Final Update from Peru

We've been enjoying Jody's regular updates from Peru over the past few weeks. It's exciting to hear the stories of the people and artisans she's met and the delightful cultural treasures she's picked up to bring back to Maiden Rock. Jody's on her way back home now. To keep you in the loop on her adventure, [...]

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Textile Adventures: Jody Sends an Update

Friends, if you are headed for Cusco, Peru, you are probably thinking: a trip to Machu Picchu, the astounding lost city of the Incas. But when I arrive in Cusco I am pulled like a magnet to the Traditional Center For Textiles.Nilda Callanuapa, Founder and Director, created the organization to keep Andean weaving cultures alive. [...]

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Textile Adventures: Preview from Peru

Jody Slocum, our co-founder, is in Peru this week meeting with vendors, teeing up new products and searching for unusual collectibles for the shop.Jody reports: “It’s been a pleasure to deepen relationships with our talented vendors - last night, for example, Ciprian and his wife, Bartola, chatted with me in my Ayacucho hotel room until [...]

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