Machines CANNOT Reproduce These Textiles!

YouTube link (if the above embed it acting up).

A love letter to handmade crafts, for they are exceptional!

But really, just give me any and all excuses to gush about textile history and the excellence of artisans in the past and I WILL (and that is a threat).

A very special thanks to the book The Golden Thread by Kassia St. Clair, which inspired this whole video in the first place.


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