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The Ancient Roots of Block Printed Textiles

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The Ancient Roots of Block Printed Textiles

Throughout Rajasthani history the embellishment of both decorative and utilitarian items has been highly valued by people of all social classes. Homes, clothing, even domesticated animals are often adorned in geometric and botanically-inspired patterns in a joyous array of colors. Art and craft traditions of Rajasthan include hand-woven carpets, jewelry making, wood carving, leather work, metal work, stone carving, puppetry and pottery.  Textile craft is an especially rich tradition of this region. Different areas throughout Rajasthan are known for their unique color preferences, design motifs and techniques. Block printing, batik, tie dye, mirror work, embroidery, and appliqué are techniques used...

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The Symbolic Power of Maasai Beadwork

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The Symbolic Power of Maasai Beadwork

Prior to contact with Europeans, Maasai women crafted intricate adornments with beads they made from clay, wood, bone, copper, brass, shells, seeds, and dried grasses. Glass beads were introduced in the 19thcentury by Europeans. Beaded jewelry is worn by both men and women. The colors and patterns communicate information about the wearer’s age, social status, marital status and whether they have male or female children. Both men and women wear beaded pendants that signify the age class or generation to which they belong. The colors and arrangements of beads in jewelry and other embellished objects is a symbolic language meant...

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10 Innovative Uses for Mezcal Cups (besides drinking mezcal)

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10 Innovative Uses for Mezcal Cups (besides drinking mezcal)

Espresso cup Place to put your pins Tea light candle holder Salt cellar Planter for a tiny cactus Place to hold paper clips on your desk Place to hold rings on your dresser A place for olive pits next to your charcuterie platter A vessel for keeping matchsticks Tequlia cup How will you use your mezcal cups? Explore more fair trade, modern and fresh artisan goods. Sign up for our newsletter (scroll to the bottom) to to get all the good news on our artisan goods, culture-themed craft kits, craft parties, and special offers.

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Thinking of Hosting a Crafting Party? Here Are 7 Things Every Craft Party Host Should Consider

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Thinking of Hosting a Crafting Party? Here Are 7 Things Every Craft Party Host Should Consider

1. Invite friends who like to craft! 4-6 people is a good number in terms of space for crafting, but ultimately, it’s up to you how many people to invite. You may want to have a crafting theme such as weaving or beadwork, or crafting for a particular holiday or in the style of a cultural tradition. Or everyone can just BYOC (bring your own craft.)2. Encourage guests to wear comfy clothing for getting to work on some creative ideas (or just lounging and hanging out.)3. Prepare a large clean table for laying out projects, you make want to put down a protective cloth...

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Crafting Is Good For Your Health

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Crafting Is Good For Your Health

According to studies conducted by the University College and members of the Crafts Council and Museums Association in the UK, engaging in arts and crafts can alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and loneliness, lowers inflammation and stress hormones such as cortisol in the body, and may even protect against dementia.  In a related article published by Mind Body Green neuroscientist Betsan Corkhill surveyed more than 3,500 knitters on the therapeutic benefits of crafting. More than half of the respondents reported feeling happier, more relaxed, and more creative after knitting, similar to the benefits of other mindfulness practices. Frequent crafters say...

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