Through my love of textile arts, I have had the privilege of connecting with weavers on three continents, sharing knowledge and a love of weaving and dyeing. All of my work in the developing world has been facilitated through the connections I have made through Weave A Real Peace (WARP), a networking organization to encourage connecting with textile artisans throughout the world who rely on their textile skills to support their families and communities (www.weavearealpeace.org). Go to WARP’s website, for a variety of resources, including the Artisan Textile Resource Guide, for a wealth of information about how our members engage with weavers worldwide.
Northern Ghana is remote from the heart of the country and world-famous for its basketry, centered in Bolgotonga. There, I worked with young women in a weaving apprenticeship center and researched basket-making cooperatives for SERRV International, a fair trade organization.
WomenWeave, in Maheshwar, India, has helped preserve the venerated local tradition of handwoven gossamer-weight silk saris. I had the opportunity to work with young professional weavers at their Handloom School and visit the weaving studio providing work and income to at-risk women.