Welcome to the world of Sardinian Arts!
Major Site Updates in Progress!
I’m updating the site to better reflect my dedication to ensuring the nearly-lost art of the Sardinian weavers — traditionally and nearly always women — is maintained in a sustainable, fair-trade manner, that the handweavers are respected, and that all forms of weaving and the traditional designs of Sardegna are protected.
I work to educate people about Sardinia, her handweavers, arts, traditions, and more. If you are interested in purchasing a textile, I generally put you in touch with the handweavers directly.
Thanks for your patience as the pages here are lavori in corsi, work in progress. As with the weavings, the website is being updated by hand, by an individual, with care and love.
Please keep reading ! ~ Kelly
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. For some, we can sense the presence of a handwoven item from across the room.
Handwoven textiles have a glow which radiates the love, care, and attention the weaver infused into the textile. This essence is tangible.
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 and the world of commerce.
The few remaining professional handweavers you’ll meet here are these weavers.
I share my love of the Sardinian handweavers, their art, and of Sardinia in general as a means of preserving, protecting, and promoting the art, work, lives, and the culture, heritage, land, and people of Sardinia. What I do is based on love and respect, not profit-seeking.
I’ve traveled — and travel — Sardinia to meet with the weavers. I’ve been in the studios of the handweavers, in the power loom shops, and in the mills. I sense and understand the intrinsic essence of the handmade.
I’m also clear about the distinction between the types of textiles — handwoven, hand decorated, and mill-made — and understand and value the position each has in the market. I do not appropriate the heritage and story of the handweavers to promote and sell commercially-made textiles.
I’m personally committed to ensuring that the traditional designs and methods are protected, that respect for Sardinian arts and heritage is maintained and even increases, and most if not all of the a textile’s sales price goes to the weavers.
If you would like a textile, I can work with you to provide you with one I have on hand, or put you directly in contact with a weaver who can custom make a textile for you, or find one she may have already in her studio.
I can help you choose 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.
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.
~ Kelly Manjula Koza