Welcome to Collectable Textiles

Posted by rwbaker on May 30, 2013


Welcome to my first blog and the Collectable Textiles website, a blog and website for showcasing textiles and the women that make them. The world is full of amazing skilled women who live in communities with cultural traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Textiles, in all their expressions and traditions, are recognised as fundamental to studies of gender, social identity, status, exchange, and modernisation. They are an expression of the creativity of women who enrich their communities, their own lives and of the family by creating objects of everyday use in the home

Textiles, such as embroideries, weavings, and lace making are a way to represent important aspects of a community, to tell stories of important community and family events, and in many ways represent the cultural aspects of a people. Motifs tell stories that are central to the way of life. We hope to travel the globe looking for interesting pieces, and looking to collaborate with communities who draw on traditional approaches.

We are passionate about supporting communities and women with the hope that the techniques and skills that have been passed down through the generations will not become dying arts, because of the competition from industrialised productivity. Providing support for women who hold enormous reservoir of knowledge about traditional cultural arts emphasises the cultural importance of the embroidery and weaving.

By supporting the contemporary expression of traditional culture through the textile arts we are also saying cultural diversity is valuable for all of humanity, not just the custodians of a particular tradition. We are particularly saying that people are important.

When I purchased my first textile I really felt I was privileged to be part of supporting women and their communities. I have never seen it as charity, but an opportunity to take home such wonderful works of art, and also know that my money supports families in another community. My family also sees the beauty of the weaving and the importance of supporting traditional knowledge in a changing society. It is a learning experience for us all.

Collectable Textiles is in the early stages of development, in the next month we will have an online shop providing an opportunity to purchase some of the textiles we have collected.

But first, we have started at home with our own grandmothers and begin by exploring the world of lace making (Powerhouse Museum), in this instance bobbin lace making through the work of Lois Hogarth, a 96 year old woman who still holds her craft very dear to who she is.Lois Hogarth

Visit the Lace Study Centre to view different styles of lace from all over the world, independently research pieces in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection and find out more from the volunteer lace enthusiasts who staff the centre. Everyone with a passion for these intricate and extraordinary textiles, including lacemakers, embroiderers, students and designers, is invited to use this unique resource

Bobbin lace as the name suggests, made with bobbins and a pillow. The bobbins, turned from wood, bone or plastic, hold threads which are woven together and held in place with pins stuck in the pattern on the pillow.  Also known as Bone-lace. Chantilly lace is a type of bobbin lace.


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