Christina Garton


Woad and the Invention of Blue

Once upon a time, people had no concept of the color blue.

The Truth About Togas

To many people, togas are synonymous with ancient Greece. The only problem? Togas aren’t Greek.

The Myth of the Aran Sweater

Through the years, the Aran sweater has developed quite the romantic backstory involving ancient family knitting patterns and shipwrecks.

Lice and the History of Textiles

While lice aren't normally thought of as helpful, scientists have used lice to learn more about human history and, more specifically, the invention of clothing.

The Oldest Fabric in North America

Because fabric deteriorates so easily, it doesn’t stand the test of time the way metal or stone artifacts might, so when archaeologists find even small bits of ancient fabric, it’s a big deal.

Dreamweaving with the Iban

For centuries the Iban people of Malaysia have literally woven their dreams into beautiful cloth.

A Brief History of Buffalo Plaid

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somehow, over these past few years, buffalo plaid moved its way from the rustic fringes to become the dominant plaid during the holiday season. It seems like it's just about everywhere.

The Perfectly Imperfect Embroidery of Banjara

Imperfection is a theme within Banjara textiles. To the casual observer, many of the embroidered designs look beautifully symmetrical, but upon closer inspection, there are often small areas of asymmetry or where a pattern briefly changes.

Bulgarian Kukeri

I wanted to take a moment to break up the usual holiday routine and talk about Bulgarian kukeri, a textile-rich tradition going back thousands of years.