Cultural Cloth

Cultural Cloth
W3560 State Rd. 35
Maiden Rock, WI 54750

(715) 607-1238
info@culturalcloth.com
www.culturalcloth.com

Contact Person: Mary Anne Wise

Wholesale Accounts Available

Cultural-Cloth-3Cultural Cloth collaborates primarily with women throughout the developing world to produce exquisite home textiles and personal accessories. Our colorful retail shop is filled with gorgeous textiles. The shop is a test kitchen where we cook up products that have a sustainable chain of production. Products that test well become eligible for wholesale production targeted to a select group of nationwide retailers. As lifelong textile artists, we understand the demands of our market and are available for consultation on product feedback, design, and development. We offer tours to Guatemala to "buddy up" with the Mayan women whom we’ve taught to hook rugs and successfully shepherded them through the International Folk Art Market application process.


Sarah Saulson

Consultant, Designer

Sarah Saulson
105 Crawford Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13224

(315) 449-9423
sfsaulson@twcny.rr.com
www.sarahsaulson.com

 

I am a full-time professional weaver, designer, dyer, and teacher for nearly 30 years. I have a background in anthropology and in-depth knowledge of the technical side of weaving and yarns, color, and textile design. A faculty member at Syracuse University, I am available to provide design and weaving support and consultation to producer groups.


PUCHKA Peru

Designer, Tour Operator, Internships

PUCHKA Peru
Urb. Brisas de Santa Rosa Mz. I, Lt. 17III Etapa,
San Martin de Porres Lima 31, Peru

Canadian address:
2645 Mt Stephen Ave.
Victoria, BC V8T 3L5

51 (991) 368-938
giancarlo@puchkaperu.com or sasha@puchkaperu.com
puchkaperu.com

Contact person: Giancarlo Soldi or Sasha McInnes

PUCHKA-logoWe are a small service company built upon fair/ ethical-trade ideals. Our purpose is to share some of the extraordinary, fascinating, and magical history, sites, textiles, folk art, and traditions of Peru via tours: Twenty-two days in enchanting Peru with nine days of workshops visiting Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and much more or twelve-day tour to Ayacucho/Huamanga to see the WARI/Huari archaeological sites; visit villages, markets, museums, and workshops of many textile/folk artists. Internships with Living National Treasure and master weaver Maximo Laura and other Indigenous Peruvian textile and folk artists available.


Anush Mirbegian

Consultant, Designer

Anush Mirbegian
231 Jackson St. Apt. 2
Brooklyn, NY 11211

(315) 783-8045
anushmirbegian@mac.com
www.anushmirbegian.tumblr.com

With ten years of experience working independently in the contemporary and high-end fashion industry, I provide design and creative services including product development, market research, graphic and marketing support, styling and presentation ideas, and collaborative projects. To date, I have worked with artisan business including Zardozi, Dot2Knot, and Saleh Fine Silk in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Loom to Luxury in India, and Caritas in Armenia. Wearable textiles, fashion and clothing, and accessories are the focus of my work. I'm looking to work with artisans interested in applying their techniques to a contemporary fashion product and market.


Janice G Knausenberger

Consultant, Designer

Janice G Knausenberger
3336 Memphis Ln.
Bowie, MD 20715

(301) 805-0959
Janice@jgkdesigns.com
www.jgkdesigns.com

Janice G Knausenberg-logoFor over twenty-five years, I have served as an international consultant specializing in weaving and other fiber arts, production efficiency, and design. I have lived and consulted in the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States, and I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, ages, and skill levels. Skilled in translating customer’s stated and unstated expectations into handwoven articles, I know how to translate vision into art inspiration.


Dr. Lin Hightower

Consultant, Designer, Curator, Tour Operator

Dr. Lin Hightower
Art Professor,
Kennesaw State University

(470) 678-6239
lhightow@kennesaw.edu
www.linhightower.com

Contact person: Lin Hightower

I am a professor at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta with an MFA in Fibers and doctorate in Art Education. I have served as an artist and art product designer for low-income artisans in Turkey, Nepal, India, Thailand, Egypt, Morocco, and Peru. My product designs expanded artisans’ sales markets while preserving their indigenous art techniques and cultural heritage. I have received three Fulbrights for work in this area. I have designed and taught courses at universities abroad to expand my work and make it sustainable.


Philis Alvic

Consultant Designer

Philis Alvic
2815 Phoenix Rd.
Lexington, KY 40503

(859) 276-0356, (859) 227-2137 (cell)

philis@philisalvic.info
www.philisalvic.info

I can help you evaluate your products for the market in the United States and design items using local skills and materials. Working together we can develop a marketing plan that includes expansion while involving everyone in the business success. As a short-term consultant in Peru, Morocco, Nepal, India, Armenia, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka, I bring the understanding of forty years' weaving- and craft-organizing experience. Researching early Appalachian weaving centers for Weavers of the Southern Highlands, University Press of Kentucky, 2003, impressed on me the similarities with crafts production in emerging international countries.


 

Jackie Abrams

Consultant Designer

Jackie Abrams
110 Arbor Hill Commons #24
Brattleboro, VT 05301

(802) 257-2688
jackieabramsvt@gmail.com
www.jackieabrams.com

Contact person: Jackie Abrams

I am interested in helping to develop small craft industries within communities in need. The technical assistance I offer may include teaching, producing goods, and marketing. I teach both crocheting and basketry techniques and often work with recycled materials—discarded plastic bags and old clothes. I have had experience working with women in both Ghana and Uganda.