Vicuna Roundup: Chasing Peru’s Priceless Golden Fleece

Vicuna Roundup: Chasing Peru’s Priceless Golden Fleece

Vicuñas. The Golden Fleece of the Andes. In Inca times only the nobility were allowed to wear clothing spun from their precious wool. Back then, if you killed the vicuña, you died for it. But once the empire fell vicuñas were hunted to the edge of extinction. They live high up in the unforgiving Andes […]

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Are You A Hipster? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. You’re probably a hipster. Hipsters catch a really bad rap. The word hipster conjures some smug guy or gal, Ray-Bans, scarves, a bike that’s hard to ride, waistcoats, and pickled local small-batch everything. We can pickle that. And the cultural backlash to hipsterdom is huge. So huge, in fact, it’s hard to […]

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InBusiness: Bemidji Woolen Mills Still Going On Strong After 99 Years

1920s. IT IS ONE OF THE FEW WOOLEN MILLS LEFT IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. THE FOURTH GENERATION FAMILY MEMBER TO RUN AND OPERATE THE BEMIDJI WOOLEN MILLS. IT WAS STARTED BY HIS GREAT GRAND FATHER IN 1920 WHEN HE HEARD ABOUT A WOOLEN MILLS OPERATING IN HOLMES CITY, MINNESOTA. HIS GREAT GRAND FATHER AND GRAND […]

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Would You Wear Clothing Made of Slime?

Would You Wear Clothing Made of Slime?

What will the clothing of the future be made of? How about slime? I’m Anna Rothschild and this is Gross Science. Hagfish are eel-like creatures that live on the ocean floor. They’re ancient animals that don’t have backbones, or scales, or even jaws. What they do have is slime—and lots of it. When they’re attacked […]

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Textile Artist Sews Story of Race in America | KQED Arts

Textile Artist Sews Story of Race in America | KQED Arts

The history and the roots of slavery in the South is strong within my work. When I was diving into this practice of using the sewing machine, I wanted to figure out how to take these symbols and bring it into the conversation of cotton, in which we were brought here for, and reclaiming that […]

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Top Finds: Mid-19th Century Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket

GUEST: I don’t know an awful lot about it, except that, uh, it was given by Kit Carson– given to the foster father of my grandmother. APPRAISER: And do you know who made this weaving? Do you know what kind of blanket it is? GUEST: It’s probably a Navajo, but that’s about all I know. […]

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WXXI Arts InFocus – Hitch & Cord

WXXI Arts InFocus – Hitch & Cord

MACRAME DOESN’T NECESSARILY COME TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK, FINE ART. BUT YOU’D BE WRONG IF YOU THOUGHT IT DIDN’T FIT RIGHT IN WITH PAINTING, DRAWING, SCULPTING AND THE MANY OTHER MEDIUMS ARTISTS USE. JUST LOOK AT THE DETAIL AND CREATIVITY THAT GOES INTO ONE OF HITCH AND CORDS DECORATIVE WALL HANGINGS. (Laura Seymour) Macrame […]

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