Image credit: Abdulaziz Alimamad Khatri, 2015
Applications are now open to exhibit and volunteer at Selvedge’s World Fair, a celebration of cloth from The Selvedge Foundation, showcasing the skill, diversity and passion of global artisans and their handmade textiles. The Fair takes place over three days, 3rd – 5th September, at Mary Ward House in London, one of the greatest surviving examples of the Victorian Era’s Arts and Crafts School of Architecture.
Expect indigo dyers from Japan, baskets makers from Swaziland, rug weavers from Uzbekistan and much more. At the event, the master artisans will take part in a programme of presentations, offering the chance for visitors to hear their stories and learn of the importance of their crafts in their home countries.
Pictured: Somporn Intaraprayong, Thailand.
Selvedge magazine has a passion for handmade textiles at its heart and a responsibility to support the artisans who make these textiles in its conscience. Over the last 15 years, Selvedge Magazine has grown to be both a source of thoughtful inspiration and an essential voice in the global promotion and preservation of handmade textiles. With the support of the magazine, the Selvedge World Fair is in an ideal position to find long-term, innovative solutions that support artisans globally and nurture the handmade.
Pictured: Abduljabbar Khatri (left) with his brother Abdullah Khatri, India. Photographer Tim McLaughlin.
The Fair is the first major initiative from The Selvedge Foundation, which aims to develop economic opportunities for the makers of handmade textiles that will provide a sustainable means of achieving economic growth while preserving cultural traditions, and to promote informed and sustainable choices through an education programme that will increase knowledge and skills within the textile consumer.
We are looking for applications from prospective exhibitors and a from those who would like to volunteer to help support the Fair. If you would like to be involved, please visit our World Fair page to download an application form.