Welcome to the world of Sardinian Arts!
The textiles you find here are museum-quality works of art made with love and care by women who have dedicated their lives to the nearly-lost art of traditional handweaving.
Woven one at a time, on looms powered entirely by hand and foot, these unique textiles are technically precise, astonishingly beautiful, and possess an unquantifiable essence that serves as a portal to something we seek yet may not be able to describe.
This indescribable quality is invisible in a photo, yet the essence and true beauty of a handwoven textile becomes tangible when you hold the weaving in your hands—and even when you see the textile across a room. You feel the anima, the spirit of the weaver, present in every article she weaves.
The soul of the weaver is infused in the textile through the care and loving attention she has for her art. It’s infused from the weaver’s being present in each moment and attentive to the single thought, single task, single person present in that moment.
In each handwoven textile, you feel the radiance of love, of presence, of individual yet intangible spirit brought into tangible form. Beautiful form. This is the magic of fine art.
Each thread of every handwoven textile is manually placed and counted. Each row of every handmade textile is manually woven and compressed. The process is difficult, complicated, physically demanding, and time-intensive. Handweavers must necessarily love their art to weave—and the weaver’s loving attention and spirit goes into each fiber of every textile she creates.
The dedication to the process of handweaving makes a handweaver’s life inseparable from her art. Few persist in the profession of handweaving, and the handful of professional handweavers in Sardinia are 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. The textiles they create are museum-quality.
I share my love for these weavers, their art, and Sardinia in general on this site and in my related work. I document, film, write, and talk about the weavers. I help bring textiles into the hands of those who appreciate the weavings and the artists. In short, I serve as a tramite, a conduit to the weavers and to Sardegna.
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’ve been in the power loom shops and in the textile mills. I know the textile styles typical of different areas of the island. I know when a weaving is handmade and when it’s not, and the appropriate prices and markets for handmade, hand-decorated, and mill-made Sardinian textiles.
I’m personally dedicated to ensuring the nearly-lost art of the Sardinian weavers— traditionally and nearly always women—is maintained in a sustainable manner, that handweavers are respected, and that the weaving and the traditional designs of Sardegna are protected.
If you would like a rug, a table runner, a bag, a bedspread, a textile that brings the invisible essence of the handmade to you, I can help.
I’m happy to help you understand the styles, designs, and options available. I can help you commission a custom textile and coordinate with an artist to weave it for you—or find you a suitable weaving she may have already in her studio. In rare cases, I may offer you a textile from my own collection. I can even put you directly in touch with a weaver or take you to her studio.
When you purchase a textile from the weavers mentioned here, you bring into your home a work of art carrying the indescribable essence of the handmade. You also support sustainable, fair trade of a nearly lost art—an 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,
~ Kelly Manjula Koza