The Working Traveller: Part 4 Q&A

The Working Traveller: Part 4 Q&A

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working travller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

In this, the final episode, John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrami and Charllotte Kwon address specific questions from the audience.

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The Working Traveller: Part 3 Charllotte Kwon

The Working Traveller: Part 3 Charllotte Kwon

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working travller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

In this, the third of four episodes, Charllotte Kwon speaks about how she started Maiwa Handprints and how this business led her to start working with craftspeople in India. Charllotte speaks about the Maiwa approach to craft and how it is designed to promote high quality work while at the same time protecting the artisan's livelihood. She also speaks about the the goals of her travel and how she has managaed the many challenges of working successfully in two countries oceans apart.

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The Working Traveller: Part 2 Noorjehan Bilgrami

The Working Traveller: Part 2 Noorjehan Bilgrami

In this, the second of four episodes, Noorjehan Bilgrami speaks about how she first found out about the traditional art of ajrakh blockprinting and how attempts to sustain and revive this elaborate and skilled craft led to her own studio, Koel. Noorjehan is an artist, textile designer, and researcher. She was one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and its first Executive Director. Years of research into ajrak, led to the publication Sindh jo Ajrak and later to the making of the documentary Sun, Fire, River, Ajrak Cloth from the Soil of Sindh.

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The Working Traveller - Part 1 - John Gillow

The Working Traveller - Part 1 - John Gillow

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working travller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

In this, the first of four episodes, John Gillow introduces his life and speaks about his passion for textiles. John is a well established author who has produced a wide range of title for the publisher Thames and Hudson. He is currently completeing a new title, Textiles of the Islamic World. Johnw is also a collector who has witnessed the changes in the Kutch Desert of India for Over 30 years.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted January 2008

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The Mummies of Ürümchi: Textiles in Time

The Mummies of Ürümchi: Textiles in Time

Local archaeologists working in Chinese Turkestan have uncovered numerous naturally mummified and spectacularly clothed bodies of Caucasians dating to the Bronze Age, 3000 - 4000 years ago. Since little besides clothing was put into the graves, Dr. Elizabeth Barber (one of the few experts on prehistoric textiles) was invited to accompany an expedition from the University of Pennsylvania to Western China to help determine facts about these displaced westerners.

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