‘Sherazade’ and the female role by Siba Sahabi

‘Sherazade’ is the most famous Persian female character and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights). This collection of West and South Asian stories dates back to the 9th century and was translated by the French writer Antoine Galland in 1717. In the 18th and 19th century, the heroin…

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Antonio – a handmade story

Ana and Sara Mateus, sisters and designers are the second generation of this family business with a 40-year history to its name. This legacy left to them by their father, António, inspired them to create a brand name in his honor. «We believe in a world where people and the environment are essential. Creating a brand…

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Khadi Frays and the idea of patience by Sophie Rowley

‘Khadi Frays’ is a series of textile wall pieces developed during a recent one-year stay in India. They are inspired by the Khadi Spirit. The Indian term ‘Khadi Spirit pays reference to the symbolic craft of Khadi, an indigenous, time-consuming Indian artistry in which natural fiber cloths are spun and woven by hand. When I developed this…

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Bisarro: from pottery tradition to contemporary Design

Bisarro comes from an illustration project, connected to the black pottery tradition from Bisalhães, where all the pieces were customized, creating characters and giving life to them. With the desire to create something more, Bisarro has increased, allying this ancient process of pottery with contemporary Design, developing new concepts that were transformed into an unique…

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Pulau Banda and the narrative of textiles by Velasco Velasco

My name is Marta Velasco Velasco, one Velasco is from Colombia and the other from Spain. Growing between two different cultures that at the same time have a lot in common awoke my curiosity for colonial history. It fascinates me how different cultures influence each other and how the sharing of material traditions enrich one…

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Merakia: The importance of simple objects by Yunuén Hernández

MERAKI:  From the Greeks; doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Yunuén Hernández: Mexico inspires us. Each of Merakia’s objects suggests something about this [our] country; it might be through its materials, its concept or through its purpose of use.…

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À Capucha: the age-old refinement of a technique by Raquel Pais

The Beginning À Capucha!: À Capucha! was born from the passion for a place where life lingers, where things are still handmade. A place that comprises centuries of tradition, where knowledge is shared by grandparents and grandchildren. Their hands create objects that are born from the refinement of tradition so they can be reinvented in a modern and…

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Mirrors: sculptural objects by BEN & AJABLANC

With our collection of mirrors partnered with silk fiber, we were exploring the mirror as both functional and sculptural object through the use of juxtaposition, shape, and form. In this case, it is the hard, cool properties of mirror paired with the light, warm, airy qualities of the hand-spun, hand-painted silk.  At the heart of…

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Colonia: a reaction to colorless things by Yosuke Matsushita

‘Colonia’  is made from “rosin”, a traditional material used for many fields, and “melamine sponge” that is modern material. In ‘Colonia’ I focused on certain properties: rosin (that melts and becomes solid when it is cooled), and melamine sponge (that has a high absorbability and workability). The results are exquisite textures, colours, a slight scent of pine…

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A Boi and the role of iconography in textiles by Ana Maria Gomez

A: I.pron. clí. Prefijo de tercera persona. Third person conjugation Boi: s. Manta (vestido prehispánico). Plaid (pre-Hispanic “dress”) A boi: his plaid Ana Maria Gomez: I have always been fascinated with the role of iconography in textiles among different cultures. Since the traditional looming machine allows a limited set of structural combinations, it could be…

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