Wild Fibers, Wild Places Zoom Lectures

This presentation is being repeated on April 21st, 4:00 pm EST

Passage to India (part 2)

Part two of our lecture series on India travels off the beaten path in pursuit of wild fibers and more. We begin with an extraordinary visit to Gandhi's ashram in Ahmedabad to learn about the history of khadi  (homespun cotton) cloth. We join an elephant temple festival in Kerala on our pursuit to visit with local weavers. Finally, we go to Varanasi where some of India's most extreme rituals and elegant cloth is produced. Until you have floated down the Ganges at sunrise, everything else is "India Lite."

Passage to India (part 1)

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When I first traveled to India in 2007, I truly had no appreciation of how vast, how diverse, and how utterly mind-blowing it would be. Without an ounce of hesitation I can say India has provided me with some of my most challenging and some of my most rewarding travels. I have been on death-defying drives through the mountains and through the cities as well. I have seen breath-taking celebrations and tireless devotions, and an array of wild fibers and textile traditions equal to none. 

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In 2004, I began my quest to see a musk ox in the wild. I might have had greater success looking for a four-leaf clover in the desert. Over the next fifteen years I traveled to a tiny island in the Bering Sea, a larger island above the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Northwest, a small cemetery in Nome (it's one of the few places in town where the musk ox can find grass), and eventually to the Russian Arctic. Few things have demanded more time or resources to achieve. 


This Zoom lecture will include an assortment of snowy images, tales both funny and frustrating, along with an important understanding of how qiviuk is harvested and processed.