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July 29, 2010 To Dye For

Attention all die-hard tie-dye enthusiasts: This Saturday, the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San  Francisco opens its exhibit To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color which features over 50 tie-dyed textiles and costumes from around the world. The … Continue reading

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June 29, 2010 The Mysterious Nazca Lines

On the arid coastal plains of Southern Peru lie the cultural markings of the great Nazca people from thousands of years ago. With the rise of air travel in the 1920’s, researchers discovered giant desert markings that have become "one … Continue reading

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June 16, 2010 Threads of Peru Fiber Dyeing Workshop Revives Traditions

by guest blogger, Kelsey Quam Last month, the textile project Threads of Peru sponsored a wool dyeing workshop led by textile expert Daniel Sonqo in the remote indigenous communities of Chaullaqocha, Chupani, and Rumira. Weavers of each community weavers association … Continue reading

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May 10, 2010 The Allure of Lace

Characterized by its delicate workmanship and intricate, airy patterns, lace has been cherished as a decorative adornment for centuries. There’s been some controversy as to when and where lace-making began. Some believe that its origins are in ancient Rome, where … Continue reading

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March 29, 2010 The Art & History of the Kimono

Although originally from Japan, the world has fallen in love with the kimono thanks to its long, graceful lines, gorgeous colors and stunning patterns. The word "kimono" literally means "thing to wear." The term was first adopted in the mid-19th … Continue reading

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