Fetching Water

Original image by Isaiah Rustad The Roman-built aqueduct running through Segovia, Spain. It still carries water.  Photo by Bernard Gagnon [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons I've seen many pictures of women in third world countries carrying water.  Buckets and jugs on their heads, or jerry cans in both hands,

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Making Cloth – Part 2

Original image by Isaiah Rustad   In the first part of this long post, I described the long process involved in turning any type of fiber (wool, flax, silk, cashmere, cotton) into strands for weaving, to produce cloth, and how labour intensive it was in the past, when machines didn't do all the

Making Cloth – Part 1

Original image by Isaiah Rustad Look Around You In a second, I’m going to ask you to lift your head up and look around your current location. I want you to take a quick tally of everything you can see that has a textile component.  That is, any fabric, anything woven. Okay, take