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Wild Fibers, Wild Places Zoom Lectures
Amid staggering statistics of deforestation and corruption, Madagascar's illegal rosewood trade has made millionaires of a few and rendered death to many. At the final hour when families gather to honor their dead, one of the most sacred customs—the burial shroud—historically woven from wild silk is now in short supply, forcing the bereaved to use cheaper material from China which in the end, does not withstand the test of time. Join Wild Fibers editor Linda Cortright for an in-depth lecture on the country's ongoing challenges framed against a background of spectacular coast and leaping lemurs.
Passage to India (part 2)
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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."