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11. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1620 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Fair Isle & the Shetland Isles: beautiful hand-knitted jumpers (sweaters) in complex traditional Fair Isle patterns.

Guernsey: traditional hand-knitted or factory-made Guernsey (or 'gansey') fisherman's sweaters.

Aran Islands (Republic of Ireland): hand-knitted Aran fisherman's jumpers/sweaters with cable patterning, traditionally made with undyed cream wool.

Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides: hand-woven Harris tweed cloth used to make jackets, skirts, hats etc.

Scotland: proper kilts that use about 8 yards of fabric.

Latvia: hand-sewn traditional sheepskin bootees on a 'Medieval' market stall (they're very warm!).

12. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1181 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Around Solina Poland you can still get handmade sheep skin shoes. They use to be common in Zakopane but have basically disappeared. If you come to Australia there is a town called Nundle where they have a traditional wool factory and produce clothes from that wool. I haven't been but was told that in Azerbaijan there is still a town that makes their own silk and produces traditional scarves.

13. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1415 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I saw some of the finest embroidered dresses earlier this year in the tribal areas in Gujarat, India, specifically the Kutch region near Pakistan. It is in this area where one can see double ikat weaving. You also can find other excellent handiwork in other countries, such as in Solola, Guatemala. I sometimes buy textiles to hang on my walls. In February I bought a large hand-embroidered dupion silk piece of the Tree of Life studded with tiny mirrors. The Pakko embroidery was done by a woman of the Sodha community in the Kutch region, where I spent a month traveling.

14. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 674 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Indeed, the Western Highlands region of Guatemala is full of great woven textiles and clothing - each town has its own pattern still worn by many women and girls. A few towns in this region feature traditional woven clothes still worn by males of all ages, too.

The town of San Francisco el Alto holds the best textiles market in Guatemala along with plenty of clothing made from those materials. Not far away is the town of Momostenango; there are some excellent wool parkas and hats here. You'll even find nice hot springs outside of town to fend off that cool mountain air.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Oct-2020, 01:41 GMT by road to roam ]

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