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Worldwide, Weaving Makes a Comeback

December 29, 2015

Hand weaving is making a comeback all around the world, with a whole new generation of young weavers using traditional hand looms but experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Many traditional craftspeople, as well as innovative young weavers, are reminding people about the special qualities of handmade garments, in this mass produced age.

With the advancements in technology, many of us have stopped using our hands for much other than typing, texting and scrolling through our Instagram feed.  Here New Zealand's Rachel Long sits with her loom.

Imagining the Antarctic Light 2014 by Rachel Long. Weaving is proven to enrich your life on many levels beyond the simple pleasure of making something beautiful with your hands. Research shows that textile crafting shares similarities with mindfulness and meditation and has a positive impact on mind health and well-being.

Wool swedish pattern Iceberg kimono 2015, by Rachel Long. The rhythmic, mathematical nature of weaving keeps the mind absorbed in a healthy way, providing an escape from stressful thoughts, but allowing for internal reflection.

Christopher Duncan's Shades of Grey. Craft teaches patience and perseverance, gives a sense of pride and achievement, develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor dexterity and provides a mental challenge and social connection.

Gunta Stolz. Not only is weaving a simple means of relaxation, stress relief and creativity but it also comes with the added bonus of creating something incredibly beautiful, something with soul. Gunta Stolz was a German textile weaver who created artistic masterpieces.

Taro Hamano's Textile Studio in Japan.