Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Maiwa's Naturally Dyed Organic Yarn


After years working with artisan weavers and knitters, Maiwa has developed its own line of yarns. These yarns are everything we have been looking for in a spun fibre.

Our undyed linen shows the raw beauty of Belgian flax, spun in Bengal. Our naturally dyed yarns are rich and deep, coloured through the use of traditional recipes which have been developed by Maiwa in collaboration with master dyers in India.

The linen line has a wonderful buttery hand and the exceptional weight and presence that only linen can give. Available in fourteen colours and four weights.


Maiwa's Honest Yarns - the voice of craft. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2 New Ajrakh Collection From India

From Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur

The full collection of 20 patterns and colours is available in-store at our Granville Island location with selected pieces available online.

Ajrakh is the name of a cloth that has been blockprinted in the traditional method using natural dyes such as indigo, madder, and pomegranate. The ajrakh process is a long one, involving several steps of washing and scouring the cloth, then additional steps to mordant the cloth, and still more steps as each colour is either directly blockprinted or resist blockprinted with natural dyes. the order is of utmost importance as the layers of colour are built up and the traditional geometric ajrakh patterns emerge.

 Producing an ajrakh involves entire communities: block cutters, dye farmers (for the many natural dyeplants), cloth merchants, and of course, the ajrakh craftspeople themselves (those who mordant, print, dye and design the cloth). While we assist in procurement of raw materials, maintaining high standards of quality, and product finishing, designs remain the realm of the craftsperson.

From Maharashtra


We have just started working with a new group of Maharashtra block printers. A selection of one-of-a-kind contemporary ajrakh scarves and shawls like the two images above are available in-store at our Granville Island location.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Valerie Goodwin's Cartographic Quilt Workshop

 The Cartographic Quilt
With Valerie Goodwin

May 15-18 (Mon-Thu) 10am-4pm
Maiwa Loft - Granville Island - Vancovuer, BC


Internationally known for pushing art quilts into new cartographic territory, Valerie Goodwin’s award winning works are inspired by her love of maps, aerial views, landscapes, and her diagrammatic re-interpretation of cities.

Her unique artistic voice is influenced by her formal training as an architect. In Valerie Goodwin’s own words,  “The journey I have been on has taken me in many surprising and totally unexpected directions.  It has also created interesting results made by my desire to fuse my work as an architect with my work as a fibre artist.”

Valerie Goodwin joins us from the USA


Cross-fertilization between disciplines can enrich how an artist approaches her work. This workshop will focus on the basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. Students will learn to create rich and complex arrangements using principles of scale, merging, layering/overlapping, ranking, and framing. 

Beginning with a series of quick exercises, students will gain a grounding in the fundamentals of composition and begin employing the elements and principles of design. 

Valerie Goodwin will work closely with students, guiding them to more advanced explorations that afford opportunities to experiment and invent. Valerie is well known for creating a flexible environment of encouragement, order, and inspiration. 

Building on these creative foundations, students will tap into the right and left sides of the brain to design a thoughtful and imaginative composition from a distinctive perspective. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place.

Limited spaces are still available in:

Visit to learn more.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Maiwa Jewellery - New Pieces Now In-Store

in the Main Maiwa Store 

 Maiwa seeks out traditional items, such as amulets, broaches, turquoise, lapis, and amber. In north Africa pieces are often of Tuareg or Berber origin. When working in India we employ local silversmiths to set stones and traditional pieces in 92.5% silver settings.

We are happy to say that in India, our enthusiasm for traditional pieces has ignited renewed interest in traditional work. Often the combination of antique elements in new settings provides the perfect contrast to fire the imagination. These are pieces with a history and a story, adornment that whispers in its own voice.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Elevate Your Pattern-Drafting to the Next Level

4-Day Reverse Pattern-Drafting
With Sheila Wong

April 27-30 (Thurs-Sun) 10am-4pm
Maiwa Loft - Granville Island - Vancouver, BC

In this four-day workshop, students will dive deep into the reverse pattern-drafting process. Dissect a garment from the inside out with an in-depth analysis of pattern extraction from complex garments.

Students will bring a completed garment and learn how to create a pattern.
Students will finish the course with a completed pattern to sew at home. This workshop does not involve sewing–it is pure pattern-drafting.

Students will have the opportunity to learn from Sheila Wong,
one of Canada's most sought after instructors.

Visit to learn more about this intermediate-level workshop.

Garment set up for pattern creation.

Adding Details to the pattern.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Items Added to Our Website


Free Shipping continues on orders of $250 or more
within Canada and the continental U.S.A.

{Through the month of March}

Maiwa is constantly adding new products to the website.
Check back soon for updates.

Cannot be combined with other offers.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Maiwa Fall workshops, lectures & events — the list is out !


2017 Fall workshop, lecture & event schedule is now online!
Mark your calendar - registration opens June 19th at 10am.

2017 Fall Workshop Schedule

  2017 Fall Lecture & Event Schedule    

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A New Year, A New Website


Visit our sparkling new website and receive
within Canada and the continental U.S.A.

{Through the month of March}

Maiwa is constantly adding new products to the website.
Check back soon for updates.

Cannot be combined with other offers.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Celebration of Cloth and Clay - March 7th

Mark your calendar, it's a new  EARTH & WEAR event.

A celebration of CLOTH and CLAY on Granville Island

Maiwa Handprints 
Devil May Wear, and 
The Gallery of BC Ceramics

Tuesday March 7th 7-10pm
at The Gallery of BC Ceramics
1369 Cartwright Street,  Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

Join us for hors d'oeuvres, 
a cash bar, and fabulous door prizes 
representing the best of Granville Island

Going? Check out the Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Pink Bike Project

The First Pink Bike - being delivered in January 2016.

In 2016 The Maiwa Foundation was able to make a big difference in the lives of rural schoolgirls. Many of you know about the leatherworkers and weavers who together form the Artisans Alliance of Jawaja (AAJ).

Getting started with a little help.

Many of the female children of AAJ artisans have to walk several miles to school. The distance, combined with the time taken and the obligation to do other work in the home can make it difficult for girls to attend school (or to have enough time to complete homework). In these rural Indian families boys usually get bikes and girls do not.

The first ride.

The pink bike project was conceived as a way to assist the village schoolgirls to get to and fron school. These bike are female "style," pink and very sturdy. In collaboration with the Artisans Alliance of Jawaja, the Maiwa Foundation oversees the purchase of the bikes and the distribution in the village. In January of 2016 we made our first delivery of bikes. Now, at the start of 2017 we are doing another round of promotions for the project.

Loading up the first shipment of bikes near Jaipur.
Lined up and ready to go.

Interested? We have set up a special donation button on our website to support the Pink Bike Project.  A $100 donation purchases one of these sturdy pink bikes for a village schoolgirl.

A good day - the arrival of the bikes and some reactions.

The Backstory to this Project.

Jane Stafford of Jane Stafford Textiles, (JST) a weaver from Salt Spring Island, visited the AAJ weavers in 2014. After that meeting Jane was inspired to assist the group. In her own words: 

"Way back in 2014, Handwoven Magazine gave me a little award for $500.00 and JST (Jane Stafford Textiles) matched that with another $500.00. We donated $1000.00 to the Maiwa Foundation requesting that the money be used for girls education in the village of Jawaja.  During the next tour a lovely lady matched that donation so there was now $2000.00 to go to the girls. In the end it was decided by the Jawaja village that the money go to buy bicycles so the girls could travel the long distances to get to school and they wouldn't have to start and end there day walking in the dark. The bicycles are pink and girls style and extremely sturdy so the boys of the village aren't interested in them :^)"
The Maiwa Foundation is a registered charity in Canada. The foundation issues tax receipts for donations over $25.