1. The June 2021 meeting of the Southern California Handweavers' Guild, featuring a presentation on Norse weaving and women's roles from archaeologist Michèle Hayeur Smith, as well as an introduction to the Guild's new meeting place and members' show & tell.

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  2. Following up on her video on the history of cochineal ("Precious Pests"), author Virginia Postrel tries her hand at cochineal dyeing, experimenting with different mordants and fibers as well as both cultivated and wild cochineal. One in a series of videos inspired by The Fabric of Civilization. For more on the book, see vpostrel.com/the-fabric-of-civilization

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  3. When the Spanish conquered Mexico, they introduced Europe to nature's best red dye—and spent the next two and a half centuries defending their monopoly on the New World treasure.

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  4. Virginia Postrel, the author of The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, tells the story of how Genghis Khan's love for gold brocade brought Muslim weavers to what is now Xinjiang in northwest China.

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  5. A useful and iconic textile, a bandana also contains a hidden history of inspiration, competition, and innovation.

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