Travel theme: Fabric

When I’m traveling I always make a point of visiting local markets and bazaars to see where the locals shop and what they buy. The fresh produce and exotic spices are always a delight, but for truly vibrant photos, I love wandering through the fabric stalls, looking for bursts of colour like these from Guatemala.

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Cloth, colour and pattern combine to tell the story of a place. I find it fascinating, and not just because we are living in a material world and I am a material girl. Fabric and culture are often interwoven ( sheepish grin ) like the ancient craft of carpet weaving that Turkish nomads brought with them when they migrated from Central Asia towards the West; a craft kept alive today by skilled weavers like this lady in Konya.

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The production of silk began centuries ago in China, when, as legend has it, a silkworm’s cocoon dropped into Empress Leizu’s afternoon tea and the heat unwrapped the silk. Hot water is still the best way to unwrap those delicate strands of silk. It was mesmerizing to watch those pearly white cocoons bob around in the water as they slowly unpacked their silvery gossamer.

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And for something a little closer to home, there’s the trusty old sheep who kindly give up their woolly coats so we can wear embarrassing holiday sweaters. I got to watch these ladies spin wool fresh off the sheep at the Sheep Olympics last year…

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… and learned how to use plants and berries to hand dye wool like a Viking at the Brian Boru Festival in Killaloe.

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So are you ready to weave your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Fabric
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

We encounter and enter our richest, most humanly defining experiences by way of a tear in the fabric of things, because we are running late, or because we recognize, across a crowded room, a face whose lack of perfection allows a unique light to shine through and to stir us with uncommon wonder. – Eugene Kennedy


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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72 Responses to Travel theme: Fabric

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  2. aj vosse says:

    Oh what twines we weave!! o_O

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  5. mickscogs says:

    I have a friend who makes lots of things. She is truly happy when she is doing so. I must take some photographs of her and her work. Here is some pics Jo took in Thailand

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  7. Mary says:

    I love this. Those colors are so vibrant.

  8. carol1945 says:

    Running my hands over the texture still entrances me as much as it did when I was a little girl. Love of fabric has led me to experiment with many crafts. ( and discover many shops!!!) Thanks for this wonderful post.

  9. It was a facinating story about your travel. Visiting local markets and learn things. 👍
    Have you been to Indonesia? You should visit Indonesia and seek for Batik’s production. And many other traditional fabric from Indonesia such as songket.

  10. Leya says:

    Wonderful, colourful and irresistable – agree.

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  15. leannenz says:

    Am totally on the same page with you on this theme!
    I have used your post as inspiration for my daily photo blog post too. It is scheduled for the 17th of December. Please keep an eye out for it! Thanks for another great theme.

  16. Love this! My blog post today is about silk, a range of scarves and tops created with indigenous Australian designs…and for a change I’ve even put myself in the picture!

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  18. travelrat says:

    My contribution is nothing like as colourful, but different!

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  20. The colors and textures are amazing in depth and vibrance, Ailsa. Lovely theme!
    Here’s my contribution:

  21. Verónica says:

    Love this post! Pretty much my whole blog is devoted to travel, yarn and textiles – I just returned from Gotland island (part of Sweden) and saw local Gotland Sheep and lovely yarn.

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  24. Leya says:

    Love this, Ailsa – here’s my entry. Mostly Chinese

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  26. Denim is the fabric of choice for this post: (Loved the topic!)

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  29. I chose to feature Norway and Austria in my fabric travels. I love the traditions that live on through fabric designs. It is possible to research history, geography, art and textile design through fabrics.

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  34. viajes4peru says:

    nice frist Fotos with color sheme latin & andina, and the other countrys also.
    Greetings from Peru

  35. Although we have seen this in China, my entry is from an exhibition of Chinese silk we saw here –

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  37. Debbie Smyth says:

    As a blend of your theme and the time of year, I have featured a fabric christmas tree:

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  39. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a fun and color topic for me. Your photos are perfect as always.
    Here is my entry for this week.

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  44. Capt Jill says:

    Great photos, I love it that you showed us how they make these fabrics. The silkworm cocoons, women weaving, etc. I’ve always loved beautiful crafts too, never was able to get many good photos, but here’re a couple from my last big trip overseas…

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