Monday, November 16, 2009

Free Vintage Paper Doll Pattern

Karen's Whimsey has this free Paper Doll pattern on her website.  Clothing for the doll also available.  Images are in the public domain.

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American Folk Art Doll Pattern

This doll pattern and other folk patterns can be purchased at Cloth Doll Supply.  Their description:

The New York Doll

This 16" doll has made herself quite famous by being chosen to be on the cover of a well-known book of American Folk Dolls, by Wendy Lavitt. She is such a good doll for a cover as she has just about all the best details of this type of doll. Separate fingers, a wonderful and exaggerated face and hair all carefully embroidered, including her remarkable feather-stitched eyebrows, and a costume of just-right simplicity and detail. She has with her the same small cat the doll in the photo has. Silkscreened for embroidery and new antiquing methods included.
Pattern (mini-kit) #PGW725 - $42.00

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Monday, June 8, 2009

The Costumer Manifesto: Ethnic Dress Links

The Costumer Manifesto is the destination for anyone interested in ethnic costume. This page contains a gazillion links to sources from all over the world.

General Traditional Dress Links




Central America

Eastern Europe

Middle East

North America

Oceania (Cultures of the Pacific Islands)

Polar Regions

South America

Western Europe

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Past Patterns

#503: Flapper Slip-On Evening Dress $16.00 (US dollars)

A typical dropped waist of the Roaring Twenties is created by a yoke over the hips. The tiers of circular flounces form a lovely vision while dancing. The scarf and the tie sash patterns are included. This pattern is quick and easy to make.

This pattern is multi-sized 8 through 20. All the sizes are in one package. Look at our National Standard size chart for your size. Sizes 8-12 require 5 3/8 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric; sizes 14-20 require 5 5/8 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric.

Saundra Ros Altman's: Past Patterns

The Historical Pattern Company
Dedicated to Accuracy Since 1979

Accurate Federal, Jacksonian, Civil War, Gilded Age, Edwardian and WWI up to WWII Clothing Patterns for Men, Women and Children

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Moccasins and Leather Craft Patterns

Shared by Mèssochwen Tëme

The same pattern is used for both feet so you only have to make one pattern. Once you make the pattern you're all set, and you can save it for making more moccasins in the future.

Bear Creek Leather

Leathercrafting Patterns
Leathercrafting Patterns Any leathercraft pattern you could ever want. From moccasin patterns to holster, quiver, and archery leather work patterns. If you don't find what you're looking for here try our bookshelf section, where we have books full of different patterns for you to try your leather working skills on.

Curriculum Areas: Moccasin Making

Recommended Levels: 7th -12th graders

Time Frame: 55 minutes 2 times a week

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo

Geographic Location: Rock Point Arizona


Bennie Begay

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Fashion-Era, A Costume Resource

Fashion-era contains 715 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History. Sitemap

"At we analyse two centuries of women's costume history and fashion history silhouettes in detail. Regency, Romantic, Victorian, Edwardian, Flapper, 1940's Utility Rationing, Dior's New Look, 1960's Mini dress, 1970's Disco, 1980's New Romantics, Power Dressing, Haute Couture, Royal Robes, Fashion Semiotics, and Body Adornment, each retro fashion era, and future fashion trends are all defined.

We've also outlined the history of Jewelery, Perfumes, Cosmetics, Corsetry and Underwear manipulation of the body silhouette. Fashion history is a rich area to explore. The effects of past and present technology, changes in work, leisure, media and homelife that affect lifestyle trends, attitudes, fashion trends and shopping trendsetters are all covered in the various eras.

Newer sections such as hats, hair, cloaks and capes, ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman fashion history continue to explore and make this a great web fashion history and costume history resource. Some sections also include consumer tests for example on clip in hair extensions plus tips on how to buy and sell vintage, pattern drafting and Christmas themes. There is also a Fashion Forum over 4 years old called Fashion-era Forum. There you can discuss anything from current fashion trends, old photographs, vintage to costume history or from Greeks to the 21st century."

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Egyptyian Dress Costume Collars

Ancient Costume - Egyptian Dress Costume Plates

Part 5 - Ornamental Patterns and Egyptian Collars


Styles of Egyptian robe with free pattern guides were discussed on the detailed pages of Egyptian Costumes. However, decorative elements were mostly confined to the removable collars on garments and other removable accessories such as headwear, girdles (striking wrap sash belts) and deep arm cuffs. But if you need a wearable costume you have to have basic body covering too, so check out my other Egyptian pages.

To complete your Egyptian costume add a collar, typical jewellery and eye make up. To be fair there are plenty of King Tut collars available at fancy dress party costume outlets online. But part of the fun of going to an Egyptian fancy dress event is making your own Egyptian inspired costume and most importantly achieving something that fits you proportion wise rather than being made as one size fits all."


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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Global Exchange: Hackey Sacks from Guatemala

Hackey Sacks from Guatemala $ 15.00

Set of Three with Pouch Great for juggling or just kicking around, these Hackey Sacks were made by Mayan women from Chichicastenango, Guatemala. They are imported by Maya Traditions, a cooperative creating hope and economic opportunity for hundreds of indigenous people in Guatemala.

Country of Origin: Guatemala
Dimensions: 4" * 3" / ball : 3"

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Global Exchange: Guatemalan Baby Bib

Guatemalan Baby Bib $ 16.00

Backstrap weaving is an ancient and highly-skilled technology that is passed on from mother to daughter. Every inch of fabric takes approximately one hour to hand weave! These wonderful backstrap baby bibs are made by women from the Solola Weaving Group in Guatemala. Maya Traditions has been working with this and other women’s weaving cooperatives and family businesses since 1988. This particular group of women joined together in 1985 after they suffered many losses during the war. As backstrap weavers, they are earning consistent income to help support their families. Maya Traditions has also developed several projects with the women, which have done much to improve their quality of life. The projects include health care for the women, including medicinal herbs, and education for their children.

Country of Origin: Guatemala
Dimensions: 10 1/3" across, 10 1/3" long; approx. 17" around neck

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Global Exchange: Woven Shirt

Guatemalan Shirt $ 49.00

Handwoven in Guatemala, these comfortable longsleeve shirts are imported by Maya Traditions, a weavers' cooperative creating hope and economic opportunity for thousands of people throughout Guatemala. These stylish shirts are produced into a textured fabric using the highly-skilled technique of footloom weaving which is practiced mainly by men in Guatemala. The shirt comes in black, Cream, and is available in medium, large, and extra large. All are 100% cotton.

Country of Origin: Guatemala
Dimensions: Choose size below

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Global Exchange: Mayan Pillow

Nahuala Pillow from Guatemala - $ 59.00

The Nahuala Pillows from Maya Traditions are made by women from the Santa Catarina-Nahuala Weaving Group in Guatemala. This group of weavers creates intricate weft brocade designs inspired by nature, often passed down from ancestors. Consistent work provides a source of needed income in this rural village. Maya Traditions has been working with this and other woman’s weaving cooperatives and family businesses since 1988. The Nahuala Pillow is 100% cotton and comes pre-stuffed. The detailing and beautiful earth-tone colors combined with its comfort make the Nahuala Pillow a decorative and practical addition to any home!

Country of Origin: Guatemala
Dimensions: 16.5" x 16.5"

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Books on Weaving in Chiapas, Mexico

Click on this link to go to Amazon: Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas (Resident Scholar)

Product Description

For centuries, the Zinacantec Maya women of Mexico have woven and embroidered textiles that express their social and aesthetic values and embody their role as mothers and daughters. Boasting more than two hundred striking and detailed photographs of Zinacantec textiles and their makers, this innovative study provides a rare long-term examination of the cognitive and socialization processes involved in transmitting weaving knowledge across two generations. Author Patricia Marks Greenfield first visited the village of Nabenchauk in 1969 and 1970. Her return in 1991 and regular visits through 2003 enable her to combine a scholarly study of the impact of commercialization and globalization on textile production and sales, acculturation, and female socialization with poignant personal reflections on mother-daughter relationships, creativity, and collaboration. Her collection of data and range of approaches make this book a major contribution to studies of cognition and socialization, the life cycles of material culture, and the anthropology of the Maya. Weaving Generations Together will appeal to both the academic specialist and anyone who admires Maya weaving and culture.

From Publishers Weekly
Curator Morris and photographer Foxx here offer a rare glimpse of the vibrant contemporary Mayan culture. Classic Mayan civilization collapsed in the 10th century, but, writes Morris, three million Maya reside in Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Another million "extremely conservative" Maya, isolated from outsiders, live in the Chiapas Highlands of Mexico, and they are the subject of this volume: "The food they eat, the way it is prepared, the stories, myths and dreams they tell..., the festivals they celebrate each season of the year are all parts of a tradition that the Maya say God gave to them 'at the beginning of the world.' " This rich tapestry of history, myths, pen-and-ink drawings and striking color pictures evokes multifarious landscapes, textiles, people and ritual. The detailed description of the ancient technique of weaving will interest students of art, anthropology and religion alike.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Description
The first book to document the life of the Maya of today, a remarkable people who are the direct heirs to the magnificent Maya culture of Pre-Columbian times. Living Maya captures the spirit of an extraordinary people. 125 full-color photographs and 25 line drawings.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Symbolism in Chiapas Weaving

Kathleen Jenks, PhD, has salvaged the work of the late Paula Guise in Mythology's Mything Links. Visit it for information on information on the symbolism in huipil's woven by the Mayan women of Chiapas.

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Videos of Handicrafts in Chiapas, Mexico

Chiapas Tourism Video:

Good video of weaving in Chiapas:

Weaver really gives her all to the loom!

Wood carvers in Chiapas (Spanish):

Carver making a mask:

Stone Carver working on Mayan pieces:

Microcredit program helping women weavers:

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Andra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation, Ltd

The Corporation was set up in 1982 with share capital participation from the Government of Andhra Pradesh (Rs 150.36 lakhs) and from Government of India (Rs 50.00 lakhs) for promotion, development and marketing of handicrafts besides implementing schemes for the welfare of artisans.

Our Vision:

"An Empowered Artisan Community
Thriving in an 'Enabling' Envioronment"


  • Develop and promote handicrafts.
  • Undertake marketing of handicrafts.
  • Promote and establish showrooms, organize exhibitions, cause wide publicity of Handicrafts and
  • Undertake welfare activities for the benefit of the artisans.

Visit the site for traditional handicrafts from the region (textiles, metal work, wood carvings, etc)

Drawing inspiration from the mind,mythology and real-life experiences, the scuuptors of Durgi, Allagadda dn Tirupati have left behind an impression that cannot be ravaged even by time.. Theseimpressive sculptures on stone are mainly mythological in character. The focus of the theme was not merely on physical attrubutes, but on higher spiritual values of life. To give expression to such abstract conceptions, the sculp0tor consciously set for himself an idealm not based on the contemplation of the natural form, but upon meditation of the divine form, but upon meditation of the devine form, The distinctive power of suggestiveness is conspicuous in the sculpted forms.

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Surya's Garden: Working with Banjara Women in India

“Surya’s Garden” is a trust founded by Laxmi Naik, a Lambhani from Hampi in Karnataka. There, the Lambhani embroideresses mean to revive ancient skills and to produce meticulous work. Each piece is unique. The quality of embroidery demonstrates the vitality of the rediscovered motifs.

A part of the proceeds is being used to build a community workshop, a medical center for the embroideresses and a kinder garden. This will provide Lambhani women with financial freedom, a sense of solidarity as well as an assertion of their ancestral identity.


Visit their site for more information on the history and culture of the Banjara women.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Emboidery by the Kutchi in India

In a remote part of India, one woman has established a movement to revive a local form of artistic expression, hand embroidery, creating a sustainable means of income. The region of Kutch once had a long and rich tradition of embroidery which made a welcome contrast to the regions austere landscape. But, from the 1960s onwards, synthetic materials and machine work pushed this craft close to extinction.

"An idea at the intersection of conservation, education, enterprise and empowerment; an idea that could light a fire, especially in the hearts of the younger generation.

Acutely aware of its cultural, social and spiritual value, Chanda Shroff is preserving this unique heritage while promoting an exquisite art form and empowering women in highly conservative societies.

Demonstration of Kutch embroidery, an ancient form of Indian embroidery with its roots from the region of Kutch,Gujarat,India. Taught at Mridula's School of Embroidery

The women in a tiny village in Kutch augment their earning with the help of Judy by creating theri traditional embroidery with a certain gusto.

State of the Arts visits with Alpa Thakkar, an Indian skilled at traditional Gujarati Kutchi embroidery. Alpa is by profession a jeweler, however, in her off time, she enjoys making the colorful embroidered clothing worn by Indian women for Navrati and other festivals. (Excerpt from the State of the Arts special, Culture in Context).
Find out more about traditional artists in New Jersey at or visit the State of the Arts website:

Ccreener for Through The Eye of a Needle: Stories from an Indian Desert distributed by Contemporary Arts Media

The film is the story of a unique group of craftswomen. Follow their journey as they return to creating the world-class embroidery that made their ancestors famous. The incredible stories of the women from the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan co-operative (KMVS) are recorded here through video, song, laughter, and stitch.

History here is worn as generations of knowledge are passed down through embroidered designs. Long a valuable item of trade, the embroideries also provide a common ground for women to meet and bring their stories to the world. Experience the amazing landscape of the Kutch desert on Indias western border, the remarkable diversity of the communities who live here, and the breathtaking colours of their textiles.

Born from a need to document the evanescent world of craft the film is part of a 4 film series of compelling and insightful documentaries.

Working mainly with India, but also with several other areas, the films document the production of embroidered, block printed, hand-woven, and naturally dyed textiles. Focusing on areas where excellence is still the tradition, these documentaries are deeply concerned with the viability of craft and the lives of the artisans.

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Banjara Videos from India

Dharma Boutique founder Adam Bauer shows where he gets his beautiful vintage textiles from the Banjara ladies on a side street in Delhi, India. Produced by Sara Karl

Gypsies of the Thar, sinuous amongst the sand dunes - a fantastically vibrant Gatlif

The Banjara, a group of traditional music, consisting of eight excellent musicians and dancers, all hail from the Thar desert. Heirs of ... Tout » an ancient culture, today, under the direction of Kamal Kant, himself a musician and a dancer who has been living in France for over a decade, they are the ambassadors of the great Banjara tradition which stands at the cross roads of classical North Indian music and the skilful art of Persia. The lively rhythms, bordering frenzy, which accompany the whirling dancers in their famous costumes of a thousand, scintillating mirrors, are an invitation to a journey rich in colour and emotion, following in the footsteps of the gypsies of Rajasthan.

Véritable road-movie, "Sur la route des miroirs" nous fait suivre les pérégrinations de Sara et de Kassa, deux femmes banjara parties vendre leurs plus beaux vêtements et bijoux au marché de Goa, en Inde.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Uzbek Alive

UzbekAlive was created by a small group of enthusiasts as a channel for promotion of work of Uzbek artists and designers. After several years of contemplating, in 2002 we finally put our efforts together and launched this website. In years of running UzbekAlive we learnt several things, the major one of them being – we do have something unique and beautiful to offer to the world. In fact, we have become known as a place to shop for unique gifts.

Everything on this website was made in Uzbekistan with tremendous amount of care. We work directly with artists, who live in Uzbekistan and are the most talented artists and designers in their fields. The money generated through sales on UzbekAlive is used to support these artists and designers who otherwise would be struggling making a living doing what they love in a today's unstable economy of Uzbekistan, where people are more concerned about meeting basic needs, not about keeping Uzbek art Alive.

Our ikats were hand dyed and handloom woven in Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan using a centuries old technique of ikat weaving. The technique requires a precision in tying and wrapping silk threads before dying in order to create a desired pattern.

Uzbekistan was once a major branch of the ancient Silk Road. As caravans traveled between East and West they facilitated exchange of cultures, religions and skills. Certain imperfections in dying and weaving are inherent to the manual process of ikat making and should not be considered as defects. Dry cleaning is recommended for silk scarves. Hand wash in cold water is recommended for cotton/silk blend fabrics.

In addition to scarves and fabrics, we also feature works of lacquer ornamental jewelry and decorative boxes, hair barrettes and pins.

Our sales operations are now based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where we already have the products listed on this website. We carry a limited number of units of each product at a time and, as everything that is hand made, the patterns and designs will be very similar, but never absolutely identical.

Everything here is fair-traded – there was no child labor involved in the production of any item we sell; artists would not have sold us anything unless we paid a fair price.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

SRI Threads: Vintage Japanese and Indian Textiles

Sri is a textile gallery specializing in antique Japanese folk textiles, highlighting the indigo-dyed cotton utilitarian fabrics and boro--or patched and mended--textiles of old Japan. We also carry a wonderful selection of textiles from India.

We are located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York and we are open by appointment.

Please visit our BLOG, Sri Threads, for our commentary on the world of Japanese folk textiles and for photographs of our New York home.

If you would like to visit us, please do not hesitate to e mail or call us; we would love to meet you.

As well, if you are searching for a specific type of textile not listed on our site, feel free to contact us with your request. Our showroom inventory is larger and more diverse than we can list on this site, and we would be happy to speak to you about your interest and how we might help you find the textile you are looking for.

For a glimpse of individual pieces from our collection of specialized texiles, visit out gallery at

And for a view into Sri's showroom, have a look at our online gallery where we have posted a few photos of our Brooklyn home.

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