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Part II: Crafting Freedom by Ra Malika Imhotep

Part II: Crafting Freedom  by Ra Malika Imhotep

What if I told you there was a thread, unspooling itself across time and space, between 19th Century slavery abolitionists like Anna Murray Douglass and Sojourner Truth and the work of modern scholars, activists and artists working to abolish the prison industrial complex? While the political linkages may be obvious and the social, economic and environmental stakes of both struggles have been laid out by previous blog posts in this series, I am talking about a literal thread -- the material of craft. Although the dominant representation of the relationship between enslaved Africans and cotton is the agricultural labor of...

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Part I - Reckoning with the Narrative and the Land by Teju Adisa-Farrar

Part I - Reckoning with the Narrative and the Land by Teju Adisa-Farrar

Stories are powerful. They have been part of human civilizations since time immemorial. They shed light on cultural values, and reveal what is important in our societies. In education in the United States, we often only hear one side of stories. In fact, some stories are untold intentionally because they make us feel uncomfortable and show the ugly sides of this country. The uncomfortable truth is that often the stories we don’t tell are the ones that have contributed directly to making this country what it is today. We must understand there is no single-story, and creating access to more...

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The Legacy of the U.S. Cotton Economy by Sha’Mira Covington

The Legacy of the U.S. Cotton Economy by Sha’Mira Covington

The history of cotton in the United States is complex and racialized. To fully understand cotton from a historical perspective, both European colonization in the Americas and African enslavement must be contextualized. The history of cotton in the U.S. includes the hoarding of Native land resources and the exploitation of free slave labor. Additionally, from a sociohistorical perspective, the legacy of cotton presents a record of human activities and the effects of those activities. For example, chattel slavery in the U.S., was primarily used for cotton production, meaning that human beings were treated as property, sometimes worked to death, and...

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Weekender Light

Weekender Light

  CUE: DELIGHTED SWOONING The original Weekender sweater designed by Andrea Mowry is one of my all time favorite pullovers. Knit in worsted weight Shelter, it dresses up and down effortlessly, wears with ease and is skill-accessible for those looking for success knitting their first sweaters. It’s the first thing I reach for when I want to sneakily wear pajamas but still look stylish. And I'll tell you what: this Light version has me kicking the old one to the curb! A fingering weight fabric makes the new Weekender even more cozy and versatile. And to all those doubting the...

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Lis Knits: the Weidlinger pullover

Lis Knits: the Weidlinger pullover

When the first Weidlinger samples started arriving at the office I knew it was something I would have to knit. My favorite sweaters all seem to be knit in seed and moss stitch. I love these stitches for their engagement while knitting and the finished fabric just seems extra cozy and plush to me.   Weidlinger also spoke to me because of its construction; I could see that it would be put together like nothing I’d knit before. I love a good challenge and I’m a fan of modular knitting with surprising, directional changes. There is a bit of seaming in...

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