Christina Garton

Christina Garton is a former museum professional and the current Associate Editor of Handwoven magazine.

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.

And He Called It Macaroni

If you’ve ever wondered at the meaning behind the lyrics of “Yankee Doodle,” it might surprise you to learn that the “macaroni” in the song referred not to a noodle, but to a rather odd fashion trend.

A Brief History of Harvesting Spider Silk

If you've ever looked at a spider's web and wondered what it would be like to work with such a fiber you're not alone.

From Guinevere to Sally Field: A History of Wimples

When European soldiers came back from the Crusades they brought back more than just spices and silks, they also brought back the hijab which was then modified into the wimple and became the must-have head wear for queens and nuns alike.