Every textile has a unique story to tell…
Inspired by a cabinet full of antique hand-stitched textiles she encountered in Taos New Mexico, Marci Lebowitz has created and nurtured her upcycled clothing brand The Shooting Star Boutique largely by turning intricately woven wall hangings into beautiful outfits. She seeks outs and curates hand-stitched material from indigenous makers all over the world, and her Taos, NM textile shop, Alhambra, still provides much of her source material.
Marci revels in learning the rich cultural heritages of the fabrics that she procures from her local Pueblo vendor at Alhambra, who in turn travels to Afghanistan and other distant locations to buy the fabrics. There, he learns the stories of the textiles he trades straight from the original makers themselves. The people whose slow-sewing, hand-stitched weaving and beading techniques create some of the highest quality, and most beautiful, textiles in existence.
Let's talk about it - the business of textile alchemy!
In Episode 41 of the Rags to Riches Podcast, Marci and Crispina dig into the importance of preserving cultural heritage by passing on the life stories of the materials we handle in our chains and flows of textile upcycling business production. And they discuss the value in giving new life...and adding new chapters...to gorgeous textiles that are languishing in cabinets the world over. By turning them into wearable art!!
Are you ready to feel inspired, energized, and supported? Dive right in! This is the Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast with Crispina ffrench!
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