Amanda Robinette

Amanda is the author of Weaving Western Sakiori (Stackpole, 2018) and several articles in Handwoven magazine. As an environmental science graduate, she became interested in the historical Japanese practice of sakiori (rag-weaving) through her interest in recycling and frugality in weaving materials. She developed Western Sakiori to honor this tradition by using locally available materials to make fabrics that are beautiful and useful by current standards. The object of her weaving is to always make something as good as or better than the original textile she uses as rag, in the same way that Japanese peasants sought to preserve the desirable properties of cotton from the rags they could obtain.