Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. From why we love the sound of a needle pulling thread through taut linen, to why we are fascinated by the clothes we wear and the fibres we unknowingly rely on. Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle believing that textiles unite all humanity and in surveying the development of society it is clear that textiles appear as the protagonist.
This issue is all about red. Selvedge explores the natural dyes of cochineal, madder and logwood and investigates how today’s designers are finding new ways to exploit their inherent qualities. Laura Gray discovers that pink really is the navy blue of India and Sarah Jane Downing explores its use in portraiture.