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Hotel flowers in Otavalo, Ecuador
Hotel flowers in Otavalo, Ecuador
Plants are growing on the windowsills of a hotel in Otavalo, Ecuador. The hotel has a stone foundation and brick walls, with multiple windows. Each window has a colorful plant. Otavalo is a popular tourist destination because of its reputation for high quality...
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Portrait of girl holding two textiles for sale at Siem Reap
Portrait of girl holding two textiles for sale at Siem Reap
A pre-adolescent girl holds a brown cloth over her shoulder and a printed blue one over her right forearm. Both cloths appear to be printed examples of local batik designs. The girl's brow is furrowed in concentration as she looks towards her right, perhaps...
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North Carolina State University Gallery of Art and Design
Guided tours of the NCSU Gallery of Art and Design's collections and exhibitions are available for school groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The textile industry and Winston-Salem
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.9
Textiles were one of two industries that changed Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Format: article
The Alamance Cotton Mill
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.7
In 1837, Edwin Holt founded the Alamance Cotton Mill, which began the industrial development of Alamance County. The mill produced the first colored fabrics in the South, including the popular "Alamance Plaid."
Format: article
A dying industry
In this lesson, students learn how tariffs protect certain domestic industries and consider the impact of that protection from a variety of perspectives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Susan Taylor.
Homegrown Handmade
Culture and agriculture come together on these unique “agri-cultural” trails which can be found in 72 North Carolina counties.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Tourist in blue dress examines cloth at Balinese roadside stall
Tourist in blue dress examines cloth at Balinese roadside stall
A foreign tourist in a blue sundress examines a cloth at a Balinese roadside stall.
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Banana tree
Banana tree
A banana with fruit and a dark red flower at the end of the stem of the bunch. The fruit of the banana tree can be cut early or allowed to ripen on the tree. In Nepal the fruit is eaten raw and cooked, and the flower is eaten either pickled or cooked as vegetable....
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Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill, as it appeared in 1837 shortly after construction. The mill was built by Edwin M. Holt, a pioneer of the Southern textile industry.
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Cutting meat in Otavalo, Ecuador
Cutting meat in Otavalo, Ecuador
A man cuts red meat with an axe in an open-air market. The meat is placed on a round wooden block. Three men are turned away from the camera toward the butcher's stall. Otavalo is well-known for its popular open-air market. Everything from handcrafted textiles,...
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The tobacco industry and Winston-Salem
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.8
Tobacco was one of two industries that changed Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Format: article
Alamance Plaid
Alamance Plaid
Alamance Plaid was one of the signature fabrics produced by Alamance Cotton Mill in Alamance County, North Carolina. The plaid was one of the first colored fabrics produced commercially in the Southern United States. This example is from the first generation...
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Weaving on an old loom
Weaving on an old loom
A woman is seated and working at an old loom in a cabin in this photograph from the 1930s. A spinning wheel stands on the hearth of the fireplace in the room. A couple of braided rugs are on the floor. Writing at the bottom of the photograph reads, "Weaving...
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Smiling girl in Otavalo, Ecuador
Smiling girl in Otavalo, Ecuador
A young woman smiles away from the camera. She is wearing an embroidered white and blue blouse and a gold bead necklace. Otavalo is in the highlands of Ecuador, between the rainforest and the coast. Many of the inhabitants of the area continue to practice...
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Allanstand Cottage Industries salesroom interior
Allanstand Cottage Industries salesroom interior
Used for the Allanstand Cottage Industries publicity, this photograph shows the types of wares that were sold in the shop in the 1920s. Baskets of all shapes and sizes are displayed on the floor in front of a glass case with smaller baskets and pottery in...
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YMI Cultural Center
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers. It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Durham's "Black Wall Street"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.6
In the early twentieth century, Parrish Street in Durham, North Carolina, known as "Black Walll Street," was the hub of African American business activity.
Format: article
Key industries: Textiles & apparel
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.8
An overview of the recent history and decline of North Carolina's textile industry.
Format: article
Nannie Coleson, looper, at a textile mill in Scotland, Neck, N.C.
Nannie Coleson, looper, at a textile mill in Scotland, Neck, N.C.
Eleven year old Nannie Colson can be seen working as a looper at the Crescent Hosiery Mill in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Sitting in a chair in front of a hosiery machine, she is absorbed in her work. She is so short that she is at eye-level with the machine....
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