When Our Ship Comes In

I’ve been reading Barkskins, a new novel by Annie Proulx. It’s set in 17th century French Canada and the British colonies, and it is horrifying and yet completely engaging. I’m struck, as I read, by the way travel by ship defined life in those times. If you wanted to send a message from Quebec to […]

Hats Off, And On

Hats Off

History of Hats Knowing my adoration for the hat in all its forms, awhile back Linda Ligon gave me a splendid issue of Ciba Review from 1940. Ciba was a Swiss textile dye company dating from the mid-1800s. It published its Review from 1937 to 1975 and covered a fabulous range of textile-related topics. My […]

Across Borders

Across Borders

I came back from the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe at the beginning of the week bursting with the joy of it all—the music, the dancing, the color, the artisans and the crowds they had attracted, all embracing the beauty and importance of handmade goods from around the world. At the same time, across […]

Folk Art Friends

Folk Art Friends

Linda and I are at the 13th annual International Folk Art Market  in Santa Fe this weekend. Many of you have been to this magical market sponsored by the International Folk Art Alliance. This year, 200 folk artists and cooperatives from about 60 countries have gathered for an opportunity to sell their work to an ever-growing […]

Broadcloth, Stitches, Seven Centuries, and the World


For seven centuries, the city of Leiden in the southern Netherlands has been associated with woven cloth. During its peak production in the 16th and 17th centuries, Leiden manufactured over 180 different kinds of fabric, employing thousands of textile workers from the Netherlands, Europe, and England. Leiden broadcloth was known throughout the world and the last […]

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