Upcoming Events

Textile Tales: The Value of Stories
December 11, 2021 at 1 pm Eastern
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This panel will feature three WARP members bringing us tales of their work and writing coming from both the east and west hemispheres. The three are authors of books about textile processes, culture, and communities in comfortable North American homes, towns and villages across Nigeria and Guatemala, and refugee camps in Mexico. Their writing includes stories from centuries ago and on up to the present. Penelope Drooker‘s diverse books include such titles as Mississipian Village Textiles at Wickliffe, Hammock Making Techniques, and Embroidering with the Loom. She is Curator of Anthropology Emerita, New York State Museum. Elisha P. Renne is Professor Emerita, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and conducts research in central and northern Nigeria. She is also the co-founder, along with Hassana Yusuf, of the non-profit women’s embroidery group, Queen Amina Embroidery. She will be speaking about two of her books: Cloth that Does Not Die, and Textile Ascendancies: Aesthetics, Production, and Trade in Northern Nigeria. Marilyn Anderson is an artist, photographer and author who has always worked in solidarity with the Maya of Guatemala. Producing five books between 1975 and 2016, most have focused on the arts and crafts of the Maya.

Previous Events


Follow the Thread: Textile Tours and Traditional Craft
November 20, 2021 at 1 pm Eastern
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This panel will feature three WARP Members who give textile-focused tours. Each has designed adventures to broaden the perspectives of textile lovers while simultaneously helping to promote and sustain traditional craftspeople and their skills. Shila Desai is founder and owner of Canadian-based E.Y.H.O. Tours which specializes in textile travels to the world’s traditional societies, in particular to her ancestral Gujarat-Kutch in India. Through her tours, Shila connects creators from traditional societies to appreciators from the industrialized world. Marilyn Murphy serves as board president of the nonprofit Andean Textile Arts whose mission is to support the peoples of the Andes in their efforts to preserve and revitalize their textile traditions. ATA hosts ongoing online Andean textile talks, book club, and a new educational program for guilds; plus tours to Peru and Bolivia. Wendy Garrity of Textile Trails has pursued her interest in women’s empowerment, grassroots development, microfinance and traditional textiles, spending time volunteering in India, Nepal & Laos, and travelling extensively through Asia and South America to document their textiles.


Continuing Textile Traditions: India
October 16, 2021 at 1 pm Eastern
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This panel featured the founders of three organizations who promote textile artisans in India. Each of these organizations works to preserve traditional textile techniques of India while creating contemporary apparel designs. Arushi Chowdhury Khanna founded LoomKatha, which is a play on the Hindi word “Lok Katha” meaning “Folk Tale” – a story of the people, by the people and for the people of India. They presently work with close to 100 weavers in W. Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Smita Paul, a former journalist, created Indigo Handloom to form a bridge from the rural weaving villages of West Bengal to the fashion world of the U.S.  Mannat and Preeti Sidhu founded Fusion Phulkari, which aims to promote Phulkari (the folk embroidery of Punjab) among the youth and a non-Punjabi audience while empowering the women who work behind-the-scenes in making of the Phulkari.


Continuing Textile Traditions: The Peace Corps Experience in Africa
September 18, 2021
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Susan Schaefer Davis is an anthropologist who has been inspired by Moroccan women since her Peace Corps service there in the 1960s. In addition to a lifetime of teaching and development work she has written three books about the women she knows so well and has helped sell their textiles online at www.marrakeshexpress.orgDebbie Durham’s passion for handcrafts developed during Peace Corps service in Senegal in the 1970s, which led to a craft cooperative in Kinshasa, DR Congo, a fair trade business in Durham, NC, a graduate degree in Textiles & Clothing, and organizing one of the earliest WARP Annual Meetings in Berea, Kentucky in 1996. Molly Martin taught elementary school in Monrovia, Liberia from 1968-1970 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, during which time she developed a profound interest in their textiles. That led her to a career that has included teaching and lecturing on African art, especially textiles.


WARP 2021 Online Annual Meeting:
Unraveling Borders, Weaving Networks
June 18-20, 2021
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We held WARP’s 2021 annual meeting online via Zoom. The presenters explored various topics relating to the significance of textiles in strengthening communities through the theme of Unraveling Borders, Weaving Networks. Please click here to view our program of speakers, with links to watch the individual presentations and panel discussions.



Continuing Textile Traditions: Living Textiles
May 15, 2021

Lola Faturoti creates colorful sustainable made on demand fashion that celebrates tradition and joy with the mission to reduce the landfill waste and produced in an earth friendly manner. WARP’s administrative coordinator, Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen is a studio artist who has worked with art educators, underserved youth, the refugee community in St. Louis, and is now teaching textile classes online. Artist and designer, Cynthia Alberto founded Brooklyn-based Weaving Hand studio and healing arts center which incorporates unconventional materials and a zero-waste philosophy in teaching and collaborates with international weavers.



Continuing Textile Traditions: USA
April 17, 2021

Elroy Natachu Jr. represents Ancestral Rich Treasures of Zuni ARTZ that is a juried artist owned and run cooperative featuring a variety of Native American art forms. Sara Borchert has worked for years with different Camphill communities — a worldwide network where people with and without intellectual disabilities grow, learn, and achieve together. Sharon Gordon Donnan is with Acadiana Fibershed of southwestern Louisiana, which encourages the growing of heirloom brown cotton to support a local sustainable fashion industry.



Continuing Textile Traditions: Mexico
March 20, 2021
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Living and working in Oaxaca and California, Porfirio Gutierrez revives and preserves the natural dyeing techniques of his Zapotec traditional culture while he reinventes ancient symbols to stylistically incorporate them in large-scale natural fiber creations that appeal to minimalist aesthetics.  Having grown up and traveled extensively Mexico, Stephanie Schneiderman offered culture, craft, and textile tours throughout Mexico and Colombia until the pandemic hit when she began supporting artisans, by hosting expo-sales events via her Facebook Page: “Mexico & Beyond: Textile & Fiber Traditions Travel Group.”  Valarie James will present the work of Artisans Beyond Borders, a bi-national initiative in Tucson, AZ and Nogales, Sonora, MX., that addresses trauma, restores grace and agency, and provides income for asylum-seekers and their families stranded at the U.S.-MX port of entry.


Continuing Textile Traditions: Asia
Feburary 20, 2021
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Gunjan Jain made a conscious switch from working for fast fashion industries to slow, sustainable fashion and set up Vriksh, a design studio that collaborates with handloom weavers in Odisha and other states in India.  Uddipana Goswami is a feminist peace researcher turned peace entrepreneur who promotes eco-conscious traditional/indigenous crafts from India’s conflict-ravaged Northeast periphery.  Maren Beck and her husband founded Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art in 2007 in order to document, support, and introduce to the world the incredible traditional textiles arts and cultures of Laos and Vietnam, and are authors of Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos.


Continuing Textile Traditions: Guatemala
January 16, 2021
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Mari Gray started Kakaw Designs in 2013, connecting a variety of local artisan groups and techniques to international creatives through custom production, travel itineraries, and now online classes such as backstrap weaving. Anne Kelly represents Mayan Hands, a fair trade nonprofit partnering with 200 Mayan women weavers and artisans in 14 highland communities. Alisa Woofter will speak about UPAVIM, a sewing cooperative that fashions a variety of products with handwoven material and supports several community programs.



Continuing Textile Traditions: Africa
December 19, 2020
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Cael Chappell will be presenting his experiences in developing “Baskets of Africa,” which features many different types of baskets from all over sub-Saharan Africa.  Elisha Renne conducts research in Nigeria and encountered the embroidery of the Hausa embroidery done by the women of “Queen Amina.”  Susan Davis has a long history with Morocco from her Peace Corp days to establishing an Internet site, “Marrakesh Express,” to link rug weavers directly with buyers.



Continuing Textile Traditions: Peru
November 21, 2020
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Hedy Hollyfield of Anyi will be presenting her experiences of marketing tapestries from the Ayacucho region.  Catherine Joslyn traveled to Peru as an academic and developed a continuing relationship with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez and the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Gloria Miller has represented her order the Sisters of Mercy in their work with knitters of finger puppets from the Lake Titicaca region.