The Making of Folk Costume Fabric

The process of making a fabric by manpower only is almost the same as 300 years ago. In the days of Louis XV, Peter the Great and Maria Theresa, every scrap of fabric was handmade, from the most sumptuous, extravagant and magnificent royal wardrobe to the plain and scratchy outfit of the beggar in the street. There were booming textile centers throughout Europe exporting rolls of fabric over the whole world. I often wish I could travel in time and learn from the master weavers who lived many centuries ago. Thus, handweaving for me means not only production of fabric, but also preserving the knowledge and skills of the trade. In this photo gallery I try to convey my fascination for materials, tools, work and fabrics through sharing small glimpses of the weaving process.