Items of Interests noted by PTArts Members


Mendocino Art Center
– List of class offerings
– Info about discounts for locals
– Current exhibits

Arts Council of Mendocino County
-County Arts Events Calendar
– Membership information

Gualala Arts Center –

Mendocino College – Fort Bragg Campus

The Textile Arts Council  – a support group of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with the goal of advancing the appreciation of the Museums’ textile and costume collections. And their facebook page.


Threads Of life – Indonesian Textiles   –   and their sister organization The Bebali Foundation.

Interactive Website on Andean Textiles:   The CTTC (Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco) and University of Central Florida are excited to present “Portal to Peru,” an interactive website that explores Andean textiles from a variety of different angles. An excellent tool for educators, travelers, and anyone looking to learn more about Peru’s amazing textile tradition, we invite you to explore the new site at:


In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing. Suggested by Elaine.

Miriam C. Rice: MUSHROOMS FOR COLOR and MUSHROOMS FOR PAPER Lovely Video on Miriam Rice’s use of MUSHROOMS. Filmed in 1988 and 1993. Linked from The International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI)

Enjoy this remarkable work in its charming tinyness! — media menu for more images

ETHOS – facebook page :
People around the world have used used indigo as a natural dye for millennia. A new study reports the earliest known use of indigo dye was found in 6,000-year-old cotton textiles from Peru. Before these findings, archaeologists attributed the earliest use of indigo to ancient Egypt, where indigo-dyed linens have been found wrapped around mummies from about 4,400 years ago. It is amazing to think …………..


Weave A Real Peace –
— WARP’s mission is to foster a global network of enthusiasts who value the importance of textiles to grassroots economies. Our purpose is to exchange information, raise awareness of the importance textile traditions to grassroots economies, mobilize textile enthusiasts and create conversations that result in action.  Our network is made up of weavers, academics, and interested supporters who value the importance of textiles to communities around the world.  Founded in 1992, WARP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with members from across the United States, Canada, Central and South American, Europe, Africa, and Asia. A newsletter is published quarterly telling of weaving, spinning, and dye cooperatives and other member projects from around the world. Once a year we come together for an annual meeting somewhere in the United States in a place rich in regional textile resources or history.

Ananse Village (707) 964-3534

Ananse Village, located on Highway One, just south of Fort Bragg is entering the fall season with a number of surprising changes. They have enlarged their retail space by almost 300%. Which of course, means a huge increase in their tantalizing inventory. This is of particular interest to textile addicts because it means more beautiful pants, tops, long and short dresses, scarves, shawls, beads and baskets. And perhaps, most wondrous of all, they have shelves and shelves of stunning, hand dyed fabrics. Of course they also carry a most unusual line of books dealing with fabrics, music, architecture, habitats and more. Alongside these items you will find musical instruments, drums and furniture, particularly from Africa. At some point this fall they will be showing and selling the amazing collection of Guatamalan textiles collected by Raffa, a much loved, recently deceased member of our coastal community.

Besides the arrival of new items, Ananse Village is preparing to offer a tantalizing new service. One of their long time employees, Sandra Lindstrom, is going to make sample garments from some of their one of a kind hand dyed fabrics. Then Ananse Village will take orders for garments made to order out of their large fabric collection. This means that we, their ardent supporters, will be able to have personally chosen fabric made into a pattern of our choice by one of the north coast’s finest seamstresses. How good can it get? We at Pacific Textile Arts, try to boast the wonders of Ananse Village at every opportunity because they are outstanding people running a unique business according to the best fair trade policies, as well as underwriting many community micro-businesses in Africa. We salute them and the work they do for humanity.