Years ago I saw a beautiful handwoven cloak from Morocco that was covered in large pile fringe for extra winter warmth, ever since then I’ve dreamt of creating a cloak using some of those elements. Into this piece I wove piles of organic cotton-linen fringe which gives this piece warmth, weight and movement. This is the first of what I hope will be many works in this vein.
This cloak was sewn using fabric that was entirely handwoven by me in my home/studio in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The fabric was woven on a warp of organic cotton-linen with a weft of naturally dyed raw silk. The raw silk was dyed using black walnuts that I harvested locally here in the mountains of Southern New Mexico.
The pile-woven fringe that was woven into this piece are all remnants of past warps that I’ve saved over the years. Each time, in the transition from one warp ending to a new warp beginning, each end of thread is tied together and pulled though the loom to begin anew. During this process there are meters of thread that become ‘loom waste’. I am a bit fastidious when it comes to not wasting anything, so I have saved this ‘loom waste’ for years so that it could be brought into new creations.