Danish textile designers Stine Linnemann and Rosa Tolnov Clausen have started a podcast series ‘Fabric of Society’ to explore textile making in the Nordic countries, the historical development of the field and how it is interwoven with economic conditions and society since the mid-19th century. Along its course, the podcast discovers and highlights the influences on weaving culture from material and production technology, and the environmental and societal impacts of textiles.
The series’ first episode, ‘From Cottage Industry to Creative Industries,’ focuses on textile manufacturing in the domestic sphere between 1850 and today, exploring its transition from a moment in which mechanical industry, cottage and home production took place side by side, up to the present day where domestic textile manufacturing represents but a miniscule fragment of Nordic textile output. The episode features conversations with:
- Researcher of Finnish cottage industry Eliza Kraatari
- Board member of the association ‘Friends of Finnish Handicraft’ Annika Nyberg
- Weaving teacher at the Omnia Adult Education Centre of Espoo City Ritva Kurittu-Kalaja
- Leisure-time weaver Reeta Leena Laine
- Director ad interim of Museum Midtjylland, Kristine Holm-Jensen
- Independent knitwear designer Laura Dalgaard
- Chief designer of the social enterprise ‘I tråd med verden,’ Liv Heckmann
The development and production of this episode has been supported by the Nordic Cultural Foundation.
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