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        Jim Bassler: Woven in Tradition | Craft in America

        Jim Bassler: Woven in Tradition explores the work of weaver and professor Jim Bassler in the ORIGINS episode. Bassler was introduced to the textile traditions, including the hooking of rugs, at an early age from his father. The Cold War strategies gave him the opportunity to see the world and introduced him to the craft traditions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The textiles that inspired him during his travels became the foundation for his work. His weavings also draw inspiration from pre-Columbian, Andean, and Mexican textiles.

        Jim Bassler: Woven in Tradition - Lesson Plan | Craft in America

        In this lesson, students will explore the work of weaver James Bassler and learn about the basic techniques of weaving. They will discuss the role of technology in craft, as well as consider the importance and origins of weaving in our world, and create a piece of woven cloth dyed with indigo.

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        Jim Bassler on Cochineal | Craft in America

        Weaver Jim Bassler talks about, grinds up, and dyes using cochineal.

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        Jim Bassler at the Loom | Craft in America

        An image of Jim Bassler at the loom.

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        Jim Bassler at the Loom | Craft in America

        In this video, watch as Jim Bassler weaves on the loom.

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        Jim Bassler Weaves by Hand | Craft in America

        In this video, watch as Jim Bassler weaves by hand.

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        Jim Bassler Segment | Craft in America

        Jim Bassler is a weaver and professor. He was introduced to the textile traditions, including the hooking of rugs, at an early age from his father. The Cold War strategies gave him the opportunity to see the world and introduced him to the craft traditions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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        Jim Bassler on Being an Artist in California | Craft in America

        Jim Bassler, weaver and professor, talks about being an artist in California during the 1960s. He and his wife Veralee made the decision to move to Oaxaca to begin a program which introduced U.S. students to the culture in Southern Mexico.

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        Jim Bassler, "Shop" (Detail), 2008 | Craft in America

        A close-up image of Jim Bassler's work, "Shop."

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        Jim Bassler, "Soiled" (Detail) | Craft in America

        A close-up image of Jim Bassler's work, "Soiled."

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        Jim Bassler on Peruvian Textiles | Craft in America

        Jim Bassler, weaver and professor, talks to his students about a Nazca period (200 BC-700 AD) Peruvian textile—a seemingly simple, yet sophisticated, process of weaving.

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