Cloth Roads

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ClothRoads is a comprehensive and broad-reaching resource — a 'Global Textile Marketplace' for products and stories from textile cultures around the world, from El Salvador to Estonia, Madagascar to Myanmar. The enterprise was established in 2011 by three women who combined their passions and professions to sate their love of textiles by giving back to the indigenous women who create them. ClothRoads works directly with artisans to source goods created in harmony with tradition, culture and environment while also appealing to the tastes of discerning modern consumers.

ClothRoads' range includes textile accessories such as scarves, bags and hats; home textiles; handwoven fabric by the yard; textile practitioner materials and other objects intended simply to delight.

In addition, ClothRoads is a great resource for traditional craft and textile enthusiasts and practitioners, offering a comprehensive blog highlighting different cultures and communities of indigenous makers as well as the techniques that create their work. There is a regularly updated schedule of Global Textile Events, information on natural dye suppliers, and recommendations for textile-related travel. Basically we should all feel very lucky that such a place exists — welcome to the Directory, ClothRoads!


Round-Up: Ponchos, Capes & Wraps

I don't know about where you are, but the banner image on this post is a pretty accurate representation of the view from my window right now. It seems autumn is once again reclaiming the northern hemisphere but if, like me, you're not yet ready (or cold enough) to admit defeat and go full coat, the following is a sampling of the fine transitional garments on offer from across the Folk Ark Directory. Whether in wool, alpaca, silk or cotton, these are pieces to be slung day or night over your late summer gear for an extra layer of warmth and elegance.

Click on the image to go to the product or on the company's name to read more about them.