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Historic Dye Puts Island on Fashion Map

It sank in a violent storm taking its precious cargo of silk, muslin and calico to the bottom of the North Sea. Now, 250 years on, the wreck of the Svecia is providing an unexpected bounty to the islanders of North Ronaldsay.
While the sumptuous textiles may be long gone, a rare dyewood, used to colour the precious fabrics, has been recovered from the wreck and is being used to produce a unique line of designer knitwear.
The red sandalwood has lain on the ocean floor since the East India Company cargo ship bound for Gothenberg was caught in a gale off the island in 1740 and sank with the loss of 24 men.
Historic dye puts island on fashion mapThe Times

Ba Na Minority Woman in Kon Tum Develops Art of Brocade Weaving

A Ba Na ethnic minority woman, Y Thoai, has become as one of the most successful businesswomen in her birthplace of Kon Tum Township, in the Central Highlands province of the same name.
The 30-year-old woman who started her business from scratch six years ago is now managing the Tay Nguyen Brocade Weaving Co-operative that was established entirely through her efforts.
Ba Na minority woman in Kon Tum develops art of brocade weavingNhân Dân

Spinning a Yarn for the Needy

Rifka Knox hates being referred to as a knitter. But Knox, who was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for launching Knitters for Melbourne’s Needy, is more than happy to talk about spawning the charity that has just donated its 125,000th garment to the city’s disadvantaged.
Spinning a yarn for the needyAJN

Turkmen Carpet Day Marked as National Holiday

Turkmen Carpet Day was widely celebrated in Turkmenistan. It is marked on the last Sunday of May annually.
As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, the sixth conference of the World Association of Experts of Turkmen Carpet Weaving was traditionally timed to this event. Famous scientists and researchers from Asian and European countries whose works and scientific findings contributed significantly to the development of handmade carpet weaving arrived in the Turkmen capital to participate in the conference.
Turkmen carpet day marked as national holidayTURKMENISTAN.RU

Suntory’s Giant Knitted Bottle Cosy

To promote a new soft drink called Tansan Bombe,, Japanese beverage maker Suntory decided against television ads in favour of a giant hand-knitted bottle cosy for the window of a new Tokyo shopping mall.
Drink company knits giant bottle cozyRiding Sun (via Boingboing)

Weaving the Way to Equality

Pastora Asuncion Gutierrez Reyes showed off traditional rugs woven by women of her indigenous Southern Mexico community Monday night at the Many Nations Longhouse.
The story she brought, however, was of the inspiration behind the weavings.
In 1994, a group of women got together to organize change in the community, Gutierrez said through translator Lynn Stephen, a University professor of anthropology. Imagine what happened when people saw women trying to make a difference. We started to have disrespectful comments directed toward us.

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Search for Finer Yarn Becomes a Trade Tangle

This is a yarn about yarn, one that has a Georgia textile manufacturer tangled up with other domestic mills in an international trade dispute about its quest for a particular type of fine-spun cotton yarn.
The saga began when Galey & Lord Inc of Atlanta was searching for a source of compacted, plied, ring-spun cotton yarns to fill an order for a big customer and found it was no longer made domestically. Compacted yarn, which is used to make a high-end fabric, goes through a special spinning process that produces a smooth yarn with less air between the fibres — hence making it less hairy.

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Weaving Their Way Back from Disaster

When PK Chithrani was 10 years old, her mother taught her how to use a traditional lace-making machine to weave thread into intricately detailed strands to adorn hems on pants or dresses or as a border on pillows.
Little did she know at that young age how this traditional craft would later help her recover from the most traumatic experience of her life.

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A Family Pattern for Success

Some people are pressured to work for the family firm.
Roger Berkley chose to, and found himself facing one of the more daunting tasks in North Jersey commerce today: running a successful textile company.
A staple of Paterson’s hustling, bustling silk industry in the early 1900s, Berkley’s company — Hackensack-based Weave Corp — is one of the few surviving relics from that era.

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Spin Zone for Fur

Michael Gardner has his heart set on a cashmere blanket — canine cashmere, that is.
Beth Guislin already has a large afghan made from canine cashmere and cherishes the keepsake from her dog, Leo, a golden retriever mix who died in July.
After saving their dogs’ fur for years during grooming, both Gardner, who lives in Los Gatos, and Guislin, of Palo Alto, found their way to VIP Fibers in Morgan Hill.
The 5-year-old company offers a distinctly different… uh, spin on a niche market: For a fee, Victoria Pettigrew will spin the fur from your dog or cat into yarn that can be used to knit or crochet into almost anything.

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