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:
Embroidered costume from Uzbekistan:
Embroidered cover from Urgut, Uzbekistan:
Woven silk from Laos:
Felted and quilted yurt floor covering from Kyrgyzstan:
Embroidered jacket from China: