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Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving

Friday, August 11, 2017

This blog describes the art of Tutsi basketry, which has now become a recognized collectible in the African art world, and the "basket world," in particular....

Adapting to Modern Design - Repurposing Kuba Cloth

Friday, June 23, 2017

This blog illustrates how long textiles woven by the Kuba people can be re-purposed as tapestries for use in modern interiors....

Painting upon the Floor – Chinese Baotou Rugs

Friday, November 04, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of traditional Chinese art? Is it porcelain, calligraphy, scholar's rocks or jade carvings? A category of artwork all too often overlooked is Chinese rugs. Surprisingly, there has been little historical documentation of wool weaving traditions in China. Despite the international trade that flourished for centuries, rugs and carpets were rarely exported. Though frequently lumped into the broader category of 'oriental rugs,' textiles woven in China were created mainly for internal consumption....

Wrapped in Love – Chinese Minority Baby Carriers

Friday, May 27, 2016

Young Miao girls began learning embroidery around the age of eight or nine and one of the first and most important items they made were baby carriers for their future children. Great thought went into the design and even more effort into its creation....

A Rug for Every Person – Tibetan Pile Carpets

Friday, April 22, 2016

Authentic antique Tibetan rugs are difficult to come by simply because very few remain. The saying, a rug for every person is believed to also imply that the lifespan of a rug and its owner are roughly the same. As utilitarian items, rugs were used until they fell apart....

Strand by Strand – Tutsi Basketry Weaving

Friday, December 05, 2014

The art of weaving is as old as civilization, invented for their utilitarian value. However among the Tutsi people in Central Africa, crafters have interlaced functionality with artistry, creating unique conical baskets with geometric patterns. Each strand tells a compelling story of the people, their history and culture...

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  1. Appreciating Buddhist Art: Part Four – Ritual Tools and Symbols Glen Joffe 18-Aug-2017
  2. Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving Glen Joffe 11-Aug-2017
  3. Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room Glen Joffe 04-Aug-2017
  4. Nature’s Handiwork – Introduction to Gongshi Glen Joffe 28-Jul-2017
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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER