Learning & Knowing | Exhibition

Woven Ribbons #1, #2, & #3

Sarah Goodman


I have been working with fiber since the 1970’s: weaving, dyeing, spinning, knitting, felting, stitching, block printing, and making shibori. I have traveled all over the world in the pursuit of textiles to study, collect and most importantly, to meet other artisans. My explorations have taken me to Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala, Peru, India, Nepal, Mexico, Europe and China. I am also a teacher and lecturer. It is as important to me to share what I have learned with others, to initiate young and experienced makers to the deep satisfaction that comes from creating something with their own hands, as it is to do my own work. I am currently involved in a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and preserving traditional crafts, folklife skills, and agricultural knowledge named Sanborn Mills Farm (New Hampshire)

I was a teenager when I saw my first Balinese ikat textiles. This patterned resist dyeing technique is called by different names in different cultures: ikat in Indonesia, jaspe in Guatemala, and kasuri in Japan. My process of painting the wound warp with dye before it goes on the loom is a much simplified version of this elaborate method of imparting pattern to cloth before it is woven. By thickening the natural dye stock solutions, I transform the liquid dyes into paints. This allows me to paint sections of yarn, or ribbon in this case, so that the dye does not bleed or travel. Thus, I can control how the color of the warp changes as the weaving progresses. I’ve woven the pieces in two layers using a doubleweave structure. The loom is threaded in two blocks. Since the two layers are dyed with contrasting colors the interaction of the blocks creates a distinct graphic appearance.


Warp: silk ribbons. Weft: silk yarn. Natural Dyes. Warp is painted with thickened dyes. Weft is immersion dyed. Weave structure: double weave.