Michelle Stitzlein "Slub Weave - Boucherouite Series" (detail)

Friday Fibers Roundup: Woven Color

This week’s roundup features a mix of articles all focusing on sources of color, weaving production, and how those intermingle.

Sheri Levin McNerthney Seascape 2017, silk, natural indigo, 24k gold leaf, 12” x 12”.


1) “How an Oregon State Professor Accidentally Created a New Shade of Blue” by Benjamin Tepler looks back at the first truly new blue discovered in more than two centuries (via PDX Monthly).

2) In “Eileen Fisher And Nest Team Up To Drive Transparency In Fashion,Ashoka speaks with the founders of both about the risks of home-based work, gender equity, compliance in the artisanal sector, and scalable social impact in the creatively and economically important fashion trades (via Forbes).

3) “No Room for America Left in Those Jeans” by Alex Williams spotlights how the International Textile Group announced plans to close the storied 112-year-old Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro, NC (via NY Times).

4) “Blues & Yarns Spun Over Centuries” by Chandrima S. Bhattacharya examines the indigo plant and it’s cultural hertiage from all over the world (via Telegraph India).

5) “The Dyeing Art of India” by V Shoba explores the various natural dyes that India has to offer from jasmine and tumeric, to madder and safflower, there is truly a rainbow of natural color available (via Open).

6) This video shows how vibrant natural indigo dyeing can be in comparison to the synthetics out there.

7) “Anni Albers: Picking Up the Thread” by Andrew Dickson looks at Albers’ chosen discipline of weaving and how she shaped the conversation of the medium (via NY Books).

8) Did you know Mike Rowe was once a Woolen Mill Operator on an episode of “Dirty Jobs?”

9) “Cone Mills to Close White Oak Plant, Last American Selvedge Denim Mill” by David Shuck is another take on the closing of the Cone Mills White Oak Plant in Greensboro, NC by the International Textile Group (via Heddels).

10) This video illustrates the incredible craftsmanship of Tsuzure Ori–a weaving technique for kimono fabric, unique to Japan.

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