The Materials Culture Blog — process

Materials Feature: Recycled Glass Beads

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Materials Feature: Recycled Glass Beads

African cultures have historically utilized recyclables and other second use items to create ornamental and decorative elements. These beads are part of an incredibly long history of recycled bead crafting.

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Embroidery Q&A with Designer Arielle Salkin

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Embroidery Q&A with Designer Arielle Salkin

"I get a lot of texture inspiration from nature and sometimes just very close-up looks at things people would often overlook... My embroideries often mimic these little moments of visual interest."

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Indigo: Ancient History and the Future of Fashion - An Interview with Amy Taylor (Part 2)

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Indigo: Ancient History and the Future of Fashion - An Interview with Amy Taylor (Part 2)

"Indigo is the only natural blue dye that exists in our world. Denim is still dyed with synthetic indigo, there's just nothing else like it."

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Indigo: Ancient History and the Future of Fashion - An Interview with Amy Taylor (Part 1)

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Indigo: Ancient History and the Future of Fashion - An Interview with Amy Taylor (Part 1)

"Entire economies were built and destroyed based on natural dyes, wars were fought over natural dyes; learning the hows and whys of these pigments makes me feel connected to history."

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