Estelle Carlson
dyer, handweaver, tailor, USA

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Bonwire is created using handwoven Kente cloth and my handwoven fabric. The Kente cloth is fabric that Mr. Samuel Cophie wove. Mr Cophie lives in Bonwire, Ghana and both weaves and designs his cloths. His fabrics are woven with silk and cotton. His cloth is used on the side panels of the long vest. My fabric is also handwoven -- I wove this fabric using an ancient Japanese weaving technique called nukito ori (removing threads from woven fabric). I dyed the fabric in colors that matched Mr. Cophie's fabric: oranges, yellows, green, blues and blacks. The garment is lined with fabrics I purchased while in Ghana: batiks and brightly colored printed fabric. The jacket is reversible.

On the inside of the jacket is embroidered a spider's web -- in honor of Anansi, the spider who according to a Ghanaian folk tale gave the knowledge of weaving to the Ashanti people.

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these pages submitted to by Estelle Carlson,
Oct. 1999 -- last updated, May. 2003