EMBROIDERER, BHIRIDIARA, KUTCH REGION OF GUJARAT, INDIA. PHOTO: MARY JOSE – TAASA Review June 2012

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This article was originally found in the June 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 2, Page 18).

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F abric of Life began as a textile conservation workshop in 1995.

After many years as a textile conservator where my work was (and still is) mainly related to antique textiles from museums, galleries and private collectors, I was keen to work more closely with living artisans.

I began to learn about different organisations throughout the world where artisans are still producing textiles of exquisite quality that express their culture and traditions while also adapting and changing to meet new challenges and influences. India is the home of the best and worst quality textiles in the world...