WARP 2021 Raffle

The 2021 WARP Textile & Book Raffle has concluded. We announced winning participants on October 10, 2021. Thank you to our generous donors and ticket purchasers for this event! Please email us at info@weavearealpeace.org if you have any questions. We appreciate your support of WARP! 

Raffle Packages

1. Southeast Asia Bag, Wallet & Coin Purse from Above the Fray

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning these beautiful Southeast Asian bags including a handmade shoulder bag made from cotton and a black Hmong woman’s used, hand-embroidered jacket sleeve decoration. (Similar decoration can been seen as worn by Tshai in the picture of her showing off several similar shoulder bags that she made.) This shoulder bag has a zippered top closure and sturdy strap.  This raffle package also includes a wallet made from wax-resist batik, indigo-dyed, appliquéd cotton from a used Hmong Leng woman’s jacket shoulder decoration, complete with a top zipper (in image 2).  And a coin purse or credit card pouch made from village-raised, hand-spun, hand-woven hemp with warp strands of handspun, indigo-dyed cotton, also with a zipper.  This hemp and indigo cotton pattern is often used for skirts when overdyed with indigo.  

This raffle package has been donated by Above The Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art, a family business owned by WARP Board Members Maren Beck and her husband Josh Hirschstein.  Above the Fray ventures to the hill-tribe regions of Laos and Vietnam to personally select the world’s most exquisite hand-woven silk, cotton, and hemp textiles directly from the hill tribe artisans. A diverse selection of shawls, scarves and other art is woven of village-raised materials using traditional looms. Each textile is carefully chosen for quality, precision, color-play, and charm, and a photo of the artist with that one-of-a-kind piece is often available. We also search for traditional jewelry, baskets, tools, and ritual art, with many of the items carrying the rich patina of years of village use.  Maren and Josh are the authors of  Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being, the 2018 gold-medal winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for best travel book. More products and information about the artists, motifs, natural dyes, and more can be found on their website:  Learn more at hilltribeart.com.


2. Peruvian Inca Stairs Table Runner from Ayni

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this wool one-of-a-kind Inca Stairs Table Runner woven by Alfredo Jayo in Ayacucho, Peru. Woven with naturally dyed handspun wool as weft, the warp is a natural cotton color. The runner measures 36” x 12”. Ayacucho has been known for its fine textiles for thousands of years. Herders in the Andes raise alpaca and sheep. Women hand spin the fiber into yarn, and weaving families in the Santa Ana district of Ayacucho collect dye plants, dye the yarn in small lots, and weavers like Alfredo transform it into timeless works of art like this one.

Donated by Ayni, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 by WARP board member and botanist Hedy Hollyfield, anthropologist, Barbara Wolff, and educator/artist Kathlyn Avila-Reyes. Ayni works to preserve cultural patrimony in Peru and promotes social welfare in Andean communities. In addition to keeping Ayucucho’s fiber tradition alive, purchases from Ayni support projects at Los Gorriones Orphanage, ANFASEP, and the University of Humanga, as well as the communities that produce spin, dye and weave the fiber. Learn more at ayni-usa.org.


3. Custom Weaving by Deborah Chandler

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning a weaving made just for you!  Deborah Chandler, long-time weaver, author, and one of WARP’s founders, is offering to weave something of your choice for you. Could be placemats to match your dishes, a set of scarves to match your moods, a couch throw, yardage that you could sew into something, or whatever else you can think of within reason. Parameters: she has a 36” wide 8 harness loom. The yarn most available is 20/2 (fine) mercerized cotton in almost 100 colors, or 8/2 mercerized cotton naturally dyed by Mayan Hands weavers/dyers. If you want some other yarn, you may need to provide it, as Guatemalan yarn options are very limited compared to the US, and even more so with COVID and no travel. Deborah is in Guatemala, but has a phone with a US phone number, so you can talk about your ideas until together you come up with something you like. Former winners chose a naturally dyed undulating twill shawl and an overshot wall hanging. The images show a few of Deborah’s more recent weavings, just to give you ideas. For more information contact info@weavearealpeace.org.

Author, weaver, and WARP co-founder Deborah Chandler has been a member of WARP since the beginning, driven by a hunger to hang out with like-minded people. She has lived in Guatemala for 20+ years. Deborah has written four books on weaving and weavers in the US and Guatemala, including Learning to Weave, Guatemalan Woven Wealth: Preserving a Rich Textile Tradition, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives, and A Textile Travelers Guide to Guatemala. You can follow Deborah on her blog, Weaving Futures with Deborah Chandler: Stories from Guatemala


4. Zulu Wire 5-Basket Set from Baskets of Africa

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this bundle of five coordinating, mesmerizing Zulu wire baskets in beautiful fall tones. Great as a desk set or on a counter! Created by Zulu weavers, these intricately-designed baskets were traditionally woven from telephone wire. Today modern and vibrant plastic-coated wire and accents of bare copper are tightly woven into swirling patterns. 

Shallow Bowl: 12″ Dia x 2.5″ Tall
Small Bowl: 4.5″ Dia x 2.25″ Tall
Small Funnel Bowl: 5.75″ Dia x 2.75″ Tall
Cup Shape: 3.75″ Dia x 4″ Tall
Small Straight Sides: 3.25″ Dia x 1.75″ Tall
*Sizes are approximate

Donated by Baskets of Africa, a project that pays the highest prices possible to the weavers in Africa while also providing value to customers in the US for highest quality handmade objects. Founder and WARP member Cael Chappell now volunteers his time to operate the project while still sourcing the highest quality unique baskets and objects from across the continent. Baskets of Africa provides economic opportunity to weavers in Africa, empowers women, and preserves culture within the communities where it partners with weaving co-ops. Learn more at basketsofafrica.com.


5. Mud Cloth and Kuba Shoowa Mat from Baskets of Africa

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning these stunning African handwoven textiles. This fantastic bundle was also donated by Baskets of Africa (described above), and includes both a mud cloth and Kuba Shoowa Mat. Learn more about Baskets of Africa at basketsofafrica.com.

Mud Cloth:  Approximately 95” x 60”
Mud cloth, known as bogolonfini in Mali and Burkina Faso, is woven in long, slender strips, and then the strips are stitched together to create the larger cloth. Made from hand-spun cotton, mud cloth is created in a variety of colors derived from secret recipes of natural mineral and vegetable dyes. Men hand-weave the plain cotton cloth and women dye the complex patterns. Each cloth is created through a weeks-long artistic process of painting and washing in various boiling “teas.” The recipes and creation process are passed down from mother to daughter in Bamana society.

Kuba Shoowa Mat: Approximately 22” x 19”
Eye-catching and earthy, this decorative mat is made from raffia.  While Shoowa mats are traditionally carried by elders in baKuba villages to use as sitting mats, the natural colors, intricate patterns, and abundance of texture make these textiles a versatile interior design element. Frame it for the wall or make a pillow! The mats are made from natural raffia palm leaf; the leaves are split and fibers are soaked and beaten to soften them, then they are twisted back together for strength. Shoowa Mats are woven using a technique which creates a cut-pile velvet similar to carpet, creating a wonderful, fuzzy texture.


6. Handwoven Maya Hair Sash & Related Book from Carol Ventura

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this vintage cotton Maya hair sash (woven and brocaded around 1986) from Jacaltenango, Guatemala along with the bilingual book Maya Hair Sashes Backstrap Woven in Jacaltenango, Guatemala / Cintas mayas tejidas con el telar de cintura en Jacaltenango, Guatemala by WARP member Carol Ventura. The book features Jakaltek backstrap loom and weaving, and the beautiful hair sashes of the Jakaltek women from both anthropological and artistic perspectives. The accompanying handwoven, brocaded hair sash is made from mercerized cotton and measures 1 3/8″ x 4’7″. Photos show a young Maya weaver wearing a sash with floral motifs and an older woman with a sash with geometric motifs wrapping around her long hair.

Donated by Carol Ventura, who worked with a backstrap weaving cooperative in Jacaltenango, Guatemala from 1976-1980 as a Peace Corps volunteer. She subsequently returned to Guatemala to research Maya crafts, and taught art history at Tennessee Technological University. Learn more about Carol Ventura and her work with global textiles at carolventura.com.


7. Tree of Life Kalamkari from ClothRoads: A Global Textile Marketplace

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this exquisitely detailed tree of life kalamkari designed and painted by award-winning master artisan Mr. Chandarkant B. Chitara. WARP member Marilyn Murphy visited in 2012 and captured these images of Mr. Chitara and his son in their workshop in Vasana Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. This detailed work takes many steps – preparing the fabric, mixing the natural dyes, outlining the entire work, and applying the color. The result is a stunning one-of-a-kind traditional kalamkari rendition of the tree of life.

Size with border folded back for mounting: 10.75” x 20”
Size with solid colored border: 14” x 24”

Donated by ClothRoads: A Global Textile Marketplace launched in 2011 by WARP member Marilyn Murphy and Linda Tiley Stark, and dedicated to creating a marketplace for high quality indigenous textiles. Their lively blog takes you on their journeys to meet talented artisans and discover villages of weavers, spinners, dyers, knitters and embroiderers. Supporting the beauty, skill, and textile legacies of the people they met, they created new market opportunities for these artisans and cultures with a fair and sustainable commerce model while using publishing skills to educate, inform, and foster textile appreciation. Learn more at clothroads.com.


8. Two Embellished Bags from Central and Southeast Asia

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning these two amazing woven bags! 

The Baluch Half Saddle Bag is heavily embellished with buttons, beads, and tassels and would be fun as a purse or a gorgeous wall decoration. The bag has a durable woven body measuring 16” x 15” when flat, with a 25” long braided strap. It is fringed with 4” tassels of woven cord and glass beads. 

The Akha Bag is decorated with delicate embroidery and couching, and adorned with beads and coins, on a tightly woven navy blue ground. The bottom is lined with a 5” long beaded fringe that makes a lovely sound as it moves. This is a very functional bag, and also a lovely textile example for display.


9. Guatemalan Table Runner and book “Guatemalan Journey Among the Ixil Maya”

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this Mayan Hands Guatemalan table runner and Guatemalan Journey Among the Ixil Maya, by Susanna Badgley Place.

From Nahuala, Guatemala, this backstrap woven, 100% cotton, green table runner features brocaded diamond details on each end and measures 19” x 74”, with 4” fringes on each end. Length with fringes is 82”. This weaving was originally conceived as an altar cloth and would be beautiful as a table cover, wall hanging, or even as a scarf/shawl. This textile comes from Mayan Hands, a fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunities to Mayan women and girls so that they can build sustainable futures for themselves, their families and communities, as they continue to live within the culture they cherish. To learn more about Mayan Hands, visit mayanhands.org.

Guatemalan Journey Among the Ixil Maya offers critical insight into Ixil-Maya history and culture; portraits of Maya professionals; and detailed explorations of markets, local enterprises, archaeological sites, and ecological wonders.Explore the mountains and minds of the Ixil Maya and the three Ixil-speaking townships of Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal in the Guatemalan department of Quiche. The book was donated by Ixil Collective, a collaboration between Maya Ixil weavers and WARP Board Member Elena Laswick. Because the Ixil region of Guatemala is far off the beaten tourist path, there is very little direct access to a market for artisans. Ixil Collective was created to help these remote artisans earn a more substantial market share. Learn more at ixilcollective.org.


10. Manta and Sash from Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC)

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this set of Peruvian Textiles from the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC). A beautiful matching pair, both textiles feature naturally dyed wool in a red and green combination. The Manta is constructed of two woven panels hand-stitched together with an opening at the center so it can be worn. The full piece is 34” X 36”, and the opening is 10” across. It can be worn, hung on the wall, or used as a tablecloth. The belt/runner is 6” wide X 44” long with an additional 4” of twisted fringe on each end. Both pieces feature intricate hand-woven figures.

CTTC is a non-profit organization that was established in 1996 by Andean weavers and their supporters. The mission of the Center is to aid in the survival of Cusqueñan textile traditions and to provide support to the indigenous people who create them. The Center works with ten weaving communities in the Cusco region of Peru on a fair-trade basis to help rescue traditions and promote the weavers and their work. Through community organization, workshops, educational opportunities and more the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco ensures that there is a future for Cusqueñan textile traditions. Learn more at textilescusco.org.


11. WARP Author Bundle of Signed Books

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this collection of 5 books signed and donated by WARP-member authors. Books include:

A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala by Deborah Chandler: This book is a great resource for discovering artisans, markets, shops, and regional textile traditions. Geared to independent-minded travelers, this guide includes practical information and expert textile advice so the traveler knows what to look for, how to distinguish high-quality work, and how to bargain intelligently and ethically.

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition and Well-Being by Joshua Hirschstein & Maren Beck: The authors capture the ancient silk weaving traditions in the hill tribe village of Xam Tai in Laos’ Houaphon Province, where villagers raise their own fiber from silkworms, dye it using local natural dyes, and weave the patterns of their ancestors into healing cloths, ceremonial textiles, and daily wear. (hilltribeart.com)

Guardians of the Art / Guardianes de Las Artes by Marilyn Anderson: Scholar, artist and WARP member Marilyn Anderson shares her passion for the traditional arts and crafts of the Mayan people of Guatemala in this beautiful art book. Marilyn’s detailed woodcut and linoleum prints illustrate artists at work, including backstrap weavers, foot loom weavers, spinners, and jaspe knotters. (proartemaya.org)

Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation by Mary Anne Wise & Cheryl Conway-Daly: Recognizing the dire need for more income-generating opportunities for Maya women in Guatemala, WARP members Mary Anne Wise and Jody Slocum volunteered to teach one rug-hooking class that turned into Multicolores, a rug-hooking nonprofit. (multicolores.org)

Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives by Susan Schaefer Davis: This book tells the stories of twenty-five women who practice textile traditions with an inspiring energy, pride, and fortitude. Most of the women are rug weavers whose traditional skills and designs vary from region to region. (marrakeshexpress.org)


12. Indonesian Ikat – Benefits WARP’s Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantships Fund

Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this gorgeous warp ikat from Indonesia measuring 29” x 111”. Red and black, with thin stripes of blue, white and green, the ikat has a continuous warp and is still connected on the fringe end (forming a loop). The fringe could be cut to open it up to the full 111”.

This is the last piece from an extensive collection of Indonesian textiles collected over a lifetime of work by anthropologist Gloria Davis which were donated to benefit WARP. Proceeds from this raffle item will go towards the Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantships Fund, set up in 2018, to help those with limited finances attend WARP annual meetings in exchange for providing assistance at those meetings.