Welcome to Weave a Real Peace (WARP)

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We are an international networking membership organization based in the United States. Founded in 1992, WARP offers a forum for those who strive to support long-standing textile traditions as a means for cultural preservation and economic development by fostering a global network of textile enthusiasts, artisans, academics, wholesalers, retailers, tour operators, designers, teachers, and other interested supporters.

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We publish a quarterly newsletter to highlight members’ projects from around the world. Once a year we come together for our annual meeting in an area rich in regional textile resources or history. WARP members are invited to share information in our members-only Google Group.  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, or PinterestWe invite you to join us in our work!

WARP’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico July 8 – 12, to coincide with the International Folk Art Market.  Registration for the meeting is open, and we hope to see you in Santa Fe!   FYI – tickets for IFAM went on sale on May 1.  They sold out last year, so don’t delay.

WARP is on YouTube!  You can learn more about WARP by viewing our two NEW wonderful YouTube videos. One is a two minute version of WARP’s fascinating work, background on our mission, and how we network together, What is WARP?  The second is a longer 9 minute version suitable for sharing at gatherings, called “The World of WARP”. Both feature beautiful imagery, and may be used to educate your friends and family.

Work on these new presentations has been ongoing for a few years. First, Judy Newland created a PowerPoint presentation that was viewed by the WARP board and members who attended the annual meeting in 2013. That presentation was successfully shared with guilds in England by member Helen Brotherton.

Most recently, Liz Gipson just completed work to add audio and to move our presentation to a very attractive video format. Please check out our new videos and share them with your friends and family! Later, we will also have some DVDs available, so that we can share the videos without relying on an internet connection.  Thank you to Liz Gipson for these two new terrific videos!




WARP Conference Reflections 2016

This year WARP’s annual meeting was held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We were extremely fortunate to be staying just down the road from the International Folk Art Festival! The two recipients of the Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship that attended the meeting this year were Bridget Thompson […]

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First Annual WARP Board Art Raffle!

Announcing the First Annual WARP Board Art Raffle! Want to help support WARP’s work and have fun at the same time?  For the First Annual WARP Board Art Raffle, our board members have all generously donated artworks they created in order to raise funds to help support our organization.  Click HERE to order your tickets […]

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Profiles: 3 WARP Members Helping Artisans Reach IFAM

by Mary Anne Wise  The occasion of the WARP annual meeting at the International Folk Art Market is an opportunity to examine the organization’s mission in action. This blog introduces you to 3 WARP members who help IFAM artisans access opportunities. If you work with global artisans and have wondered about participating in the IFAM, […]

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Seeds for Fiber and Food: Keeping them in the hands of the People

By Gail Ryser At this year’s WARP Annual Meeting Kathleen Vitale’s presentation Challenges of Documenting the Maya Textile Tradition sparked a lively discussion on the effects of Monsanto’s seed policies for growers of indigenous brown cotton. This is in response to that discussion. I am a seed saver and have been doing so for most […]

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Learn Wedge Weaving!

Come and learn from Deborah Corsini about how to use this simple technique that is a prominent design feature of many Navajo rugs. Using primarily natural dyes for her work, Deborah will discuss how she uses color choices and the weave structure to develop her amazing woven compositions. Notice how the edges of the weaving […]

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Now Accepting Scholarship Applications – Deadline March 31

Each year WARP awards Alice Brown Memorial Scholarships to attend our annual meeting. Alice Brown was a generous WARP member who had the foresight to donate the funds to establish the scholarship. Now, other members are helping to make the fund both sustainable and greater in scope. Those of you who have attended meetings since […]

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WARP’s Annual Meeting: The Work of Many Hands

A textile is the work of many hands. One pair grows or gathers the raw materials. One pair turns that raw material into a usable thread, yarn, reed, or bead. Another pair transforms these materials into cloth, jewelry, or vessel. The textile is then carried to market where it will be received and treasured by […]

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Weaving, Like Friendship, Lasts A Lifetime!

Some life lessons come in colorful packages.  For years, Mayan Hands has successfully used the consignment model to sell their products. The Friendship Bracelet program is a creative way to harness some of the teen (13-19 years old) and tween (9-12 years old) discresionary spending power for good. The bracelets (shown at right) are available […]

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Tajikistan Bound Part Two: The Program

This is part two of a post by Cindy Lair’s, Chair of the WARP board, efforts to get a loom to Tajikistan. In the previous post, Cindy talked about helping to get a donated (nonfunctioning) loom to Tajikistan. The loom was destined to assist a group of rural women who weave incredible mohair blanks. Before […]

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