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Cloth which stands the test of time

Cloth which stands the test of time

"Tens of thousands of Tai Lue migrants found the province suitable for making a living. They brought with them tools, cattle and their skills as artisans, which included the hand-weaving expertise of the Tai Lue women."
Van Gogh's letters

Van Gogh's letters

Van Gogh's correspondence has a special bearing on his art because of the sketches of his own work that he included in his letters. These sketches served no artistic purpose but were made with the sole intention of showing Theo and his other...
Hand-made ancient gold preserves local craftsmanship

Hand-made ancient gold preserves local craftsmanship

"Crafting gold is like creating art. When Iím making a pattern on gold, itís like Iím drawing a picture. Iím proud when a product I make comes out beautiful. Patterns also change every year," said Kobchai Nainang...
Early music discovered on carving

Early music discovered on carving

"To find out that it might be early harp music was very exciting indeed, and having the chance to hear it being played really helps draw back the veil on what life at the royal court would have been like."
Sanctus Luxurri

Sanctus Luxurri

As they set about following the migration paths that had been trodden for centuries before them, setting up camps and providing for the necessities of life, ancient people managed to surround themselves with sanctus luxurii, an ensemble of colorful and elegant furnishings, bedcovers, clothes, and jewelry...
Threadwork of Expression

Threadwork of Expression

Thereís nothing better than interacting with the women in villages and watching them transform colourful thread into unique creations...
Interiors: Blue is the Colour

Interiors: Blue is the Colour

About a dozen stalls were dotted about, selling local crafts: candles made from beeswax, homemade...
Working for Reviving a Dying Art

Working for Reviving a Dying Art

"To revive the art of weaving, on the wane owing to technological advancement and upliftment of trading of artisansí work, an exhibition called..."
Russian Factory Owner Undaunted by the System

Russian Factory Owner Undaunted by the System

"In Smorodov's tiny factory, entrepreneurship has done battle with gangsters and crooked officials..."
Vietnamese Silk Painting

Vietnamese Silk Painting

French painter Victor Tardieu (1870 Ė 1937) opened the Indochina Art College in Hanoi in 1925 after...
Japanese Sashiko Textiles

Japanese Sashiko Textiles

Until the mid twentieth century it was the traditional method of making work wear in fishing and farming areas throughout Japan. The makers were the cornerstones of communities...
Mezen Painting on Wood

Mezen Painting on Wood

"Mezen Painting as one of the Russian folk handicrafts originated in the early 19th century. Folk artists used it to decorate most of the household items that accompany man throughout his life entire, bringing beauty and joy into it."
Indian designer champions homespun

Indian designer champions homespun

He is insisting that to be well-dressed...you have to be wearing not glittery Western-inspired tube dresses and leggings, but khadi - the simple homespun weave that was championed by Gandhi..."
A look at Ireland's rich crafts heritage

A look at Ireland's rich crafts heritage

A good place to start to get acquainted with the history of this region is the Ros Tapestry in the medieval town of New Ross...
What Lasts in Time

What Lasts in Time

The theme of protogenos of the earth or primeval goddess of creation is the primal motif of nature, founded in the mysteries of fecundity and transformation, and inextricably linked to traditional...
Dynamite Sticks and Gem Stones

Dynamite Sticks and Gem Stones

"The stones weren't dazzling; in fact, they looked like dull shards of glass. They only shine after they are cut and polished. The mountains here are like Swiss cheese, burrowed with mine shafts."
Made for Manufacture

Made for Manufacture

"When artists designed such objects, they typically drew their preliminary ideas on paper. Later, they often made more detailed drawings to guide the craftsmen who executed the final work."
Gifu Wagasa

Gifu Wagasa

Gifu Wagasa is the traditional Japanese umbrella, which has a sense of ornament, ritual, and design. The basic Wagasa framework was introduced to Japan from China during the Heian Period, 794-1185, a period of peace when Kyoto was established as the capital of “peace and tranquility”...
How to Weave a Basket

How to Weave a Basket

Jonathan Coate, 40, whose family have been growing willow on the marshy and often flooded moors of the Somerset Levels since 1819...
Visions of Flora

Visions of Flora

"The idea that handwork embodies the mythic patterns of dream, has been around since our ancestors designed beautiful clothing and decorative houses..."