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.
We see the textiles at the heart of lively communities around the world from the Icelandic Réttir to the tentmakers in Sharia al-Khayamiya, Cairo. When communities are isolated we see the level of sophistication increases exponentially, for example in the weft faced back strap weaving practised by the Q’ero in Peru and in the namesake knitting produced in Fair Isle. Textiles work is an ideal medium for cooperative activity as Aïssata Namoko explains in our article Out of a Clear Blue Sky.