This little gem was donated by Cultural Cloth. Hand felted wool by a women’s group in Afghanistan, these rugs are very durable. The white circle floral pattern on a blue grey background can also be hung on the wall. It measures 30″ x 48″.
About Cultural Cloth:
Founders – Mary Ann Wise and Judy Slocum
Cultural Cloth is a social enterprise that works primarily with women artisans around the world who weave, quilt, embroider, stitch, hook, bead, print and dye handmade home décor and personal accessories. We sell their hand work in our online store and in our shop located in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, population 99, on the shores of beautiful Lake Pepin on the Mississippi’s Great River Road.
Our passion is to travel the globe in search of marginalized artisans whose handwork merits a wider audience. With over 60 years of textile production experience between the two of us, including representation of our handwoven rugs in national design showrooms, we apply our expertise and offer training to these artisans. We work together to co-create products that retain cultural identity and, to create products that will meet with success in the global marketplace and thereby create revenue streams for the artisans and their families.
Our work is informed by Jody’s 25 year long volunteer work and friendships with Maya members of Farmer to Farmer, and, Mary Anne & Jody working together as co-founders of Multicolores, an artisan non-profit in Guatemala, established with Reyna Pretzantzin and Cheryl Conway Daly. Using locally sourced materials, through Multicolores we introduced rug hooking as an income earning opportunity to a group of Maya women in 2009. The project transformed lives and in 2019 Multicolores was recognized by the International Folk Art Market with their Community Impact Award. (Mary Anne’s award winning book, co-authored by Cheryl Conway Daly, Rug Money: How A Group Of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation tells the story of this work, published by Thrums Books, 2018.)