#TEXTILEWANDERLUST Series Two #1 // Welcome to our second year of exploring the world through her finest textiles and get ready for a month of deep diving into textile history, techniques & wonder! You may be wondering what it is about textiles that fascinates us? Simply put, they’re bearers of history. Methods of textile production have evolved from ancient times to the present day and reflect the skills and technology mastered, and materials available, to civilisations at any one time. They have touched every aspect of life from birth to death (and beyond!) and every level of society, from the lowliest slave to the queen.
From the earliest days, textiles have been more than functional. They symbolise societal values, religious beliefs and culture; they carry intrinsic, spiritual or symbolic value. Textile production was one of the most labour-intensive industries in antiquity, and as such, textiles were valued as pieces of great wealth, vastly different to our modern Fast Fashion industry where clothing is viewed as disposable and treated as such. Textiles are thus a major component of material culture. They may be viewed as the products of technology, as cultural symbols, as works of art, or as items of trade. The textile arts are a fundamental human activity, expressing symbolically much of what is valuable in any culture. “At House of Wandering Silk, textiles are not just textiles; they’re stories. That’s because our pieces are made by hand from beginning to end, bringing together the skills, traditions and cultures of artisanal communities from across Asia. Each artisan, each place and each technique adds to this story, and we are their story tellers.” This image: Rajasthani women in their full ghagra skirts gather at a market stall in Pushkar.
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