John Gillow - renowned author, inveterate traveller and world textiles expert - recently pinned Magie with his esteemed blessing and honour: the Guinea Star (with bar) medal, awarded for three months of hard travel by bus, minibus, clapped out Peugot and donkey cart across West Africa.
Did you know that we stock John's book African Textiles: Colour and Creativity Across a Contintent?
Our recent 25 March World Textile Day at Llanidloes was brilliant. One visitor remarked - not for the first time - 'World Textile Day is my favourite day of the year!' Speaking to our theme Colour, our main presentation was by Liz Beasely of Ananuca Chilean Textiles. She took us on a journey to the Andes to discover the natural dyes used by the weavers where she sources her rugs, shawls and yarns. Jim Gaffney of Textile Traders did a short talk about the resurgence of natural dyes and we continued our new idea of Show & Tell where visitors can discuss pieces from their own collections - very popular. The cakes by the Quilt Association of Wales were wonderful as well!
Our next World Textile Day is 6 May at Wickham in Hampshire.
More info about all seven of our World Textile Days: www.worldtextileday.co.uk
It's nice to be home, of course. But we're missing the road a bit already - especially exploring the villages and markets of West Africa looking for textile treasures to tempt you!
Our latest adventure took us all the way from Morocco to Ghana with a whole lot of Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gamiba, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire in between.
We're busy updating the website as fast as we can with great new fabrics from our travels.
We're back from West Africa... Jim and Diane Gaffney are back from roaming the remote hills of Laos and the islands of Indonesia... John Gillow could be just about anywhere, but he's promised he'll be back soon!
Our first World Textile Day of 2017 is just around the corner: 25 March at Llanidloes in Wales.
We've got another great series of events lined up for you - seven World Textile Days in total all united by the this year's theme: Colour! Each event will feature different talks and speakers and a varied lineup of world textiles experts.
Mark your diary now!
All about World Textile Day: www.worldtextileday.co.uk