This week in our Studio

We've been as busy as ever in our Studio working on raffia curtaining woven on a brown warp for a well known lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal that is being rebuilt after burning down. The decorators have used an eclectic mix of textiles, lots of hand prints and unique combinations. Our curtaining and cotton throws are used throughout. In addition we've been working with a variety of striped warps which always create such potential for pattern, but it's not always easy to get the balance right. I think my recent trip to Scotland has inspired this, although it is something we keep coming back to in the studio. As the year is beginning to tail off, there seems to be an urgency in getting as much done

A Visit to the Tinkuy

In 2013 I visited the Tinkuy held in Cusco, Peru. It is a huge gathering and celebration of weavers from all over South America and further afield, who meet in the small, picturesque town in great numbers. The Tinkuy begins with a parade of hundreds of weavers who are dressed in their beautiful traditional finery, they are grouped according to their own specific regions - each quite distinct and coming from Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Guatemala, India and Navajo Nation. Different regions have diverse traditional costumes, from the bowler hatted Bolivian women, to the different voluminous, pleated colourful skirts that whirl and spin around when the women dance. The dazzling spectacle of this