Caps From The Tellem Caves and The utility of The Museum.

These are images of caps found in the Tellem caves in Mali. They are some of the best-preserved textiles from west Africa and among the oldest yet found. They are part of a collection of finely woven and plaited objects dating from 11th- 15th centuries. For those who study African textile history, they are incredibly important as they are some of the oldest surviving  West African examples of spun cotton, strip woven cloth, indigo dyeing, and certain patterning techniques still practiced in west Africa today.

Cameroonian Bag Loom

Pictured here is an example of a Cameroonian “bag loom” set with an in-process piece of raffia cloth. It is likely from a town in the Bamenda grass fields in Cameroon’s northwest region. These particular raffia frame looms are used in Western Cameroon and southeastern Nigeria. Although distinct characteristics distinguish looms made in this weaving area, they are part of a continuum of African upright single heddle looms used from the windward coast to the Congo basin.

The day we met

First day of our course.

travels, stories, memories, belongings, research.

so many parts of the world in the room, meanings and cultural belonging, in textiles and their histories, textures and colors, paterns and representations.

We'll work together for one week, discovering each other and thinking together. Cloth, fabric, textile. Weaving our work with attachments, intentions and future endeavours.


Innovative designs of the Kachin traditional lower garment

These photos are the innovative designs of the Kachin traditional lower garment (Hta-main in Myanmar) by creation of the owner and the designer collectively in terms of market demands. The first photo combines five lower garments through folded styles and it shows how to evolve and innovate the designs since ancient times. When the Kachin lower garment was created, the width of the line was only three inches and it was worn in behind the waist (the first one, green colour of the Figure (1)). However, nowadays the line is about six inches (the third one of the Figure (1)).

Weaving Workshop in Mandalay, Myanmar

A weaving workshop is located in Mandalay, Myanmar. Most works are migrants from Shwebo Township and neighbouring places which are located in Sagaing Region near Mandalay. The owner provides lodging and meals to each worker at the workshop.

The innovative designs of the Kachin traditional lower garment since ancient times (Hta-main in Myanmar) are created by the owner and the designer collectively based on the market demands. All products are sent to various local shops in Yangon.

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