As part of our Continuing Textile Traditions series, Weave A Real Peace's November Zoom Panel will feature three WARP Members who give textile-focused tours. Each has designed adventures to broaden the perspectives of textile lovers while simultaneously helping to promote and sustain traditional craftspeople and their skills.
Shila Desai is founder and owner of Canadian-based E.Y.H.O. Tours which specializes in textile travels to the world’s traditional societies, in particular to her ancestral Gujarat-Kutch in India. Through her tours, Shila connects creators from traditional societies to appreciators from the industrialized world. Textile sales in Canada, support of local non profits, and visits and workshops with local artisans are ways in which E.Y.H.O. helps to sustain the world’s marginalized artisanal societies. Learn more at eyhotours.com.
Marilyn Murphy serves as board president of the nonprofit Andean Textile Arts whose mission is to support the peoples of the Andes in their efforts to preserve and revitalize their textile traditions. ATA hosts ongoing online Andean textile talks, book club, and a new educational program for guilds; plus tours to Peru and Bolivia. Through clothroads.com, she sells textiles woven by the artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. She is currently a member of the International Folk Art Market artisan selection committee, and a member of the advisory council to the Avenir Museum of Colorado State University.
Wendy Garrity has a lifelong involvement with crafts and textiles, and a fascination with the traditional textiles of Asia. She has pursued her interest in women’s empowerment, grassroots development, microfinance and traditional textiles, spending time volunteering in India, Nepal & Laos, and travelling extensively through Asia and South America to document their textiles. Wendy documents traditional textile techniques at textiletrails.com.au and promotes the sustainability of textile traditions at every opportunity. Once a year, she facilitates a small group textile tour of Bhutan with a focus on hands-on learning opportunities.
The panel will be moderated by WARP member Judi Jetson, a weaver and a leader in the well-researched promotion of craft, particularly textiles. There will be ample opportunity for questions from those attending this free online event. Please complete the registration form to join us on Saturday November 20th, from 1:00-2:00 pm, US Eastern Daylight Time.