In March 2014 a workshop was held at the Museum of Jordan in Amman, Jordan, to debate the questions which surround the roles of traditional textile crafts in the twenty-first century. Scholars, practitioners and craftspeople from
across the globe met to exchange ideas and learn from each other. This online publication is one of the outcomes of the project. We kindly thank all the participants for their important contributions to the workshop and to this publication. Each author has
written from their own perspective, in their own tradition and the texts clearly demonstrate the multiplicity of viewpoints and approaches, and the advantages of joining forces. Furthermore, we warmly thank Camilla Ebert and Lena Bjerregaard for their editorial
work and Sidsel Frisch for her help with layout and design. We hope that the publication will inspire all those interested in Traditional Textile Craft and result in new and exciting meetings and collaboration all over the world.
Eva Andersson Strand & Mary Harlow