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Style Guide: How to Affordably Hang a Handmade Rug as Art on Your Wall

Here at Cultural Cloth we surround ourselves with beautiful handmade textiles in our home decor. Some of our textiles are museum quality handmade heirlooms that deserve preservation and expensive protection, others are beautiful to us because they are worn and tattered. They remind us of someone, somewhere or some time.Last week a customer in the [...]

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Photoshoot for Upcoming Book featuring Rug Hooking Artisans in Guatemala

One of the projects Mary Anne has been working on over the last few months has been to write a portion of a book chronicling the rug hooking artisans in Guatemala who are part of Multicolores, a nonprofit she and Jody Slocum co-founded. No book that describes the cacophony of color and motifs of these rugs would be [...]

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Reconnecting and Visiting with Rug Hooking Artisans in Guatemala

Mary Anne Wise, Co-Founder of Cultural Cloth, is traveling in Guatemala this week. As always, she is multi-tasking. She is teaching an embroidery workshop. She is working on a "yet to be revealed project" (stay tuned for the announcement). And she is checking in with her rug hooking artisan friends. These connections go back years. [...]

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Hand Felted Wool Rugs Made by Women in Afghanistan

We have been buying hand felted wool rugs from this women’s NGO (Non-Governmental Association) in Northern Afghanistan for years. Our customers love them. The rugs are traditionally made but have a modern vibe that suits many types of home decor.Click here and see all of our Afghani hand felted rugs.They come in many sizes. We even [...]

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Meeting Boucherouite Weavers in Morocco

Click here to read the article about the bourcherouite weavers written by Mary Anne Wise that recently appeared in Hand Eye Magazine.  While we were in Morocco we had the privilege of spending the day with a collective of bourcherouite weavers. These women live in douars south of Marrakech. A douar is a group of houses that is too [...]

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Boucherouite Rugs: Lively and Fresh

When we are shopping at the souks in the medina, we are always looking for something just a little bit different, something we haven't seen before, something that looks fresh.  Here in Morocco we have found a group of weavers who make Bourcherouite knotted and flat weave rugs that are bright, happy and fresh.  The [...]

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Designing, Stitching & Constructing Embroidered Dolls in Guatemala

Yesterday, was our day long Embroidery Workshop. This is the third workshop that we have taught in Guatemala in the last six months. Our only regret is that we had only one day. Look carefully at the new embroideries. The artisan women have progressed at an amazingly fast pace.We started out the day making the paper [...]

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The Workshop Was a Success

The "new product development" workshop was a success.  Everyone learned and had fun.  You could feel the energy and enthusiasm.  Take a look at the detail of the bags.  Sturdy and beautiful.  

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The First Baskets & Footstool are Complete

The workshop with Mary Flanagan, Cultural Cloth and the Multicolores is coming to an end.  As Always the artisans enjoyed their time together.  It is a respite for them to be away from their daily routines.  The baskets and footstool are amazing.  We plan to show them to the group coming on the Rug Hooking Tour and [...]

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A Workshop: How To Make Hooked Baskets & Footstools

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 [...]

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