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Textiles from along the Silk Road

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Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

The April meeting of the Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers included a talk by Jim Gaffney, ‘Along the Silk Route – from Khiva to Kashgar‘, about the textiles and textile traditions witnessed by Jim and his wife Diane visiting countries along the historic Silk Road route. Jim and Diane run Textile Traders, selling textiles online and in their store in Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire. A few examples of textiles Jim displayed during the talk are below.

Embroidery using naturally dyed silk thread from Uzbekistan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Embroidered costume from Uzbekistan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Embroidered cover from Urgut, Uzbekistan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Woven silk from Laos:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Batik silk:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Felted and quilted yurt floor covering from Kyrgyzstan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Embroidered jacket from China:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

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Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

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