Cloth Roads just published a blog post called Textile Travel Guide: 10 Tips to Be a Star Textile Ambassador.
This comes as a just-in-time-reminder for me about cultural sensitivity and travel to indigenous parts of the world where handmade textiles still flourish. My trip to India was bumped up a day, so I am on an airplane this Monday morning.
It also comes just-in-time for many of you who are attending the International Shibori Network Symposium in Oaxaca, Mexico.
If you go to the Cloth Roads website, you can join the mailing list and download the guide for free. It’s common sense and worth the reminder. Some of the tips are to prevent what I’ve seen on guided tours, where participants launch into grabbing and shopping before the local women have a chance to present themselves and their histories.
If you are traveling in 2017 to countries where amazing textiles are found, please take this guide with you.
If you are traveling to Mexico, please bring Textile Fiestas of Mexico by Sheri Brautigam. I contributed two chapters, one about the rugs of Teotitlan del Valle and the other about the rebozos of Tenancingo de Degollado.
As I embark for Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai, I think about what it means to appreciate cloth and the people of India and the people of Oaxaca who cultivate the raw material, weave and dye, sew and fashion.
We have two spaces open for February 2-10, 2017.