Welcome to the world of Sardinian Arts!
The textiles you find here are made with love and care by women who have dedicated their lives to the almost-lost art of traditional handweaving.
These unique weavings — made one at a time, on looms powered entirely by hand and foot — have an indescribable quality that’s a doorway to something we lack and crave in the modern world.
Like homemade food, handmade textiles carry the essence of love. This comes from care, from attention, from honoring the importance of one moment, one thought, one task, one person, in the present moment.
This essence is unquantifiable. It’s invisible in a photo. To most people, the essence of a handwoven textile is apparent only when you have the weaving in your hands.
Handwoven textiles have a glow which radiates the love, care, and attention the weaver infused into the textile. This essence is tangible. Some of us can sense the presence of a handwoven item from across the room.
Each row of every handmade textile is woven and beaten (tightened) by hand. The heart and attention of the weaver goes into each fiber of every textile she creates — despite the fact that handweaving is difficult, complicated, and time-intensive.
The process of weaving makes a handweaver’s life inseparable from her art. Handweavers are rare, and generally overlooked in the world of art as well as in the world of commerce.
The artists you’ll meet here are among the few remaining professional handweavers in Sardinia. On this site and through my related work, I share my love for these weavers, their art, and Sardinia in general.
I’ve come to think of the island as home and the handweavers as family. I frequent the studios and homes of the weavers. I know the textile styles typical of different areas of the island. I’ve also been in the power loom shops and in the textile mills, and I know if a weaving is handmade, and if it’s not.
I sense and understand the intrinsic essence of the handmade, and I’m clear about the distinction between the types of textiles — handwoven, hand decorated, and mill-made. Each type of textile has a distinct market and value.
I’m personally dedicated to ensuring the nearly-lost art of the Sardinian weavers — traditionally and nearly always women — is maintained in a sustainable, fair-trade manner, that handweavers are respected, and that all forms of weaving and the traditional designs of Sardegna are protected.
If you would like a textile, I’m happy to share my knowledge with you and put you directly in touch with a weaver who can custom make a textile for you, or find one she may have already in her studio. In rare cases, I may offer you a textile from my own collection.
If you want a rug, a table runner, a bag, a bedspread, a textile that brings the invisible essence of the handmade to you, warming your home as well as your heart, I can connect you with the weavers and textiles. I am a tramite, a connection, not a venditore, a reseller.
When you purchase a textile directly from the weavers mentioned here, you bring into your home a textile that carries the indescribable essence of the handmade, a work of heart, a work of art — and you support sustainable, fair trade of a nearly lost art maintained by a few strong women determined to preserve their culture and heritage.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about the textiles or Sardinia!
Also check back regularly, as I am adding information to the site and organizing tours and events.
With love and respect, working to preserve, protect, and promote the art, work, lives, culture, heritage, land, and people of Sardinia,
~ Kelly Manjula Koza