Category Archives: Textiles

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Jolanda Bos is an archaeologist who has been travelling to Egypt for over 25 years. From the 1990s onwards she has worked in different excavations in the Egyptian deserts. She brings her archaeologists eye to an accessable yet scholarly study of Egypts’ contemporary yet still traditional and artisanal culture. This beautifully glossy book with its abundance… Continue Reading

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tensifa – Tetouan Morocco by Sarah Corbett

Tetouan is a town in Northern Morocco with Strong Historical links to Grenada. In 1492 the Nasrid dynasty surrendered their rule of the Emirate of Granada. The surrender led to the mass arrival in Tetouan of those fleeing Spain. Moors who were of diverse religious and ethnic groups arrived in great numbers following an agreement… Continue Reading

Khayamia

Khayamia

Khayamia is a rich and decorative appliqué textile. The intricate textile was historically used to adorn the interiors of Beautiful Egyptian tents called Suradeq. It is believed that the Khayamia trade dates back to 1250 – 1317 AD during the Mamluk rule of the region. In a street south of Bab Zuweila in Cairo, tent makers… Continue Reading

Hanbok

Hanbok

The Hanbok is traditionally worn by Korean people. It was worn on a daily basis until around 100 years ago. The earliest evidence of this style of dress is found in the Koguya tombs, which are the only surviving remains of the Koguryo kingdom, which existed between the 3rd century BC and 7th century AD. The… Continue Reading

Slovak folk blue cloth by Sarah Corbett.

Slovak folk blue cloth by Sarah Corbett.

Blue (indigo) printing was a flourishing art form in Slovakia 50 years ago; 5 years ago the last remaining traditional artisan (Stanislav Tmka) in this ancient technique passed away aged 75. During the 1950’s there were many artisan dyers working with indigo blue pigments and using hand printing processes to create cloth for elements of… Continue Reading

Zaouli

Zaouli

Zaouli is a mask of the Dje LaLou. The Gouro ethnic group from Manfla in the Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, uses it in a traditional mask dance drumming ceremony.  LaLou Zaouli was a goddess for the Gouro people and the words ‘Djela Lon Zaouli’ mean ‘The Lions daughter’. The Zaouli dance is a seductive dance,… Continue Reading

Yoruba Textile – Lightning Strike by Duncan Clarke

Yoruba Textile –  Lightning Strike by Duncan Clarke

Why might a rich Yoruba lady living in southern Nigeria over a century ago choose to have zigzags embroidered on her expensive wrapper cloth? This is a unique piece with no similar examples known and no ethnographic context to explain it, so we can only speculate based on our knowledge of Nigerian textile history and… Continue Reading

Naxi People – China

Naxi People – China

The Naxi people live in Yunnan province China. They migrated to the region from the yellow river area to south China in 770 – 221 BC and settled in the areas near to the Yalong and Jinsha rivers before 221 – 201 BC. The Naxi peoples have their own written language called ‘Dongba characters’. They… Continue Reading

Natalia Shabelsky

Natalia Shabelsky

Natalia Shabelsky (1841- 1905) was a lady with a true passion. This Russian noblewoman devoted her life to the conservation of endangered folk art traditions. Natalia travelled throughout Russia collecting fine textiles and eventually created a Museum in her Moscow home. A collection which housed over 4000 pieces. It was the largest collection of late… Continue Reading

Mud cloth Bogolan

Mud cloth Bogolan

Mud cloth is a type of fabric which is made by the Bamana peoples of Mali in West Africa. The cotton fabric is woven in strips by men and is subsequently dyed by the women using an iron rich clay slip which is collected from riverbeds and fermented. Jars of Bogolan (fermented slip) are stored… Continue Reading

Belarusian Ruchnik

Belarusian Ruchnik

A ruchnik is a traditional ornamental towel. This towel is a piece of textile which embodies many significant concepts within Belarusian life. In fact the ruchnik are a highly important part of the national culture. The designs of the ruchnik are a mixture of art and symbolism and are seen as representations of the threads… Continue Reading