World Craft Tour.
Highlights from my trip. Nine months, five counties and three continents. 

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Ajrakh Block Printing  |  Ajrakhpur Gujarat, India
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Ajrakh block printed cloth is made in a sixteen step process of washing, dyeing, printing, and drying. The fabirc is printed using locally cultivated indigo, madder, pomegranate seeds, gum, harde powder, wood, flour of kachika etc.

Applique Quilts  |  South of the Great Rann, Gujarat, India
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Created using old, colourful pieces of material - The quilts we traditially used by the Kutchi people to keep themselves warm during winter in the desert. Patchwork is often undertaken by senior ladies, when the dexterity and eye-sight required for fine embroidery becomes challenged

Nantong Blue Calico  |  Nantong, Jiangsu province, China
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Blue calico printing and dyeing is a traditional  printing and dyeing techniqe that has been associated with Nantong since the beginning of Qing dynasty. The pattern is hand cut into paper template, which is then seeled with tung oil before the resist pattern is pasted to the fabric in a mixture of bean flour and lyme.  The fabic is then dyed with natural indio to create the distictive blue and white patterns.

Miao folded cloth applique  Guizho, China
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This folded applique is one of many intricate techniques used by the ethnic Miao people to create their festival costumes. Thousands of small starched peices of silk are folded, layered and stitched into place in patterns remenicent of fish scales.

Jingdezhen porcelain  Jangxi Provice, China
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Jingdezhen had been producing porcelain for over 2000 years. As well as large commercial ceramics producers the city has hundreds of small, independent craftsmen and artists. clay producers, throwers, sculptors, mold makers, blue & white decorators, glaze shops, public kilns, brush makers, blacksmiths, and box makers.