On June 21, Marilyn Murphy from Cloth Roads presented a program to SEFAA, TASA and The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. Cloth Roads is a fair and sustainable commerce marketplace for fiber artists from around the world. Purchases from Cloth Roads help artisans and communities, especially women and girls, to flourish.
Out of the many cooperative groups Cloth Roads represents, Marilyn selected four groups from four different areas of the world to spotlight in her presentation. She shared an example of a product produced in each group:
- A scarf from the OckPopTok weavers in Laos.
- A runner from The Center for Traditional Textiles in Cuzco, Peru, founded by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez
- Handspun white kid mohair yarn from Tajikistan/
- A wild silk scarf from Madagascar.
Following the program, attendees had an opportunity to shop in a marketplace of Cloth Roads fiber products. An amazing variety and quantity of beautiful and high quality items from around the world were for sale: bags, table runners, blouses, shawls, scarves, hats, yarns, tie-dyed cotton squares, baskets, textile hangers, and more.
Submitted by Gail Goodwin