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Category Archives: Luxury Fibers & Textiles

September 1, 2011 Color Me Natural

Every day we’re flooded with alarming warnings about the modern lifestyle and its impact on the environment, from dyes and pesticides to plastics.  As eco-awareness increasingly sweeps across the world, it’s refreshing to remember the natural, sustainable practices in places … Continue reading

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February 7, 2011 Another Extraordinary Natural Fiber: Spider Silk

600px-Spiderweb What’s stronger than steel, softer than cashmere and extraordinarily flexible and lightweight? It’s spider silk! In fact, natural spider silk has a tensile strength that’s five times greater than steel and is around 25 percent lighter than synthetic, petroleum … Continue reading

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December 1, 2010 D.I.Y. P.C.

Wondering what to give the person who has everything this holiday season? Bored and looking for a new hobby? Summoned for jury duty and want a fun way to pass the time? Why not take up knitting! As you know, … Continue reading

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July 22, 2010 Alpaca: sustainable fiber of the Andes

Alpacas have provided vitality, sustenance and warmth to the Peruvian people for over 6,000 years. Once reserved for Inca royalty only, their sumptuous fur continues to be a cornerstone for Peru’s economic development. There are nearly three million Alpacas in … 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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