The Asian Sewist Collective Podcast
19. The History of the Sari

19. The History of the Sari

November 11, 2021

In this episode, we learn about the history of the sari, how draping styles have changed over time and its cultural significance. We also invite 2 guests to share their perspectives: Ceci Chalasani (@thesecretsewist) and Gowri Paary (@bypaary).

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-19-history-of-the-sari/

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18. Meet Fiber Artist, Designer & Small Batch Studio Owner Joy Mao

18. Meet Fiber Artist, Designer & Small Batch Studio Owner Joy Mao

November 4, 2021

In this episode, we're talking to fiber artist, designer and small batch studio owner Joy Mao. We discuss how she learned to sew in college, her experience as an artist in residence at The W.O.W. Project in Manhattan's Chinatown, and her journey from hobbyist to full-time designer and small batch studio owner.

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-18-interview-with-joy-mao/

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17. Imposter Syndrome in Sewing

17. Imposter Syndrome in Sewing

October 28, 2021

In this episode, we're talking about imposter syndrome. We define the term, talk about how it shows up in our sewing practices and discuss how our identities intersect with imposter syndrome.

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-17-imposter-syndrome-in-sewing/

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16. Building an Impactful Fabric Shop with Sandeep Sandhu of Sister Mintaka

16. Building an Impactful Fabric Shop with Sandeep Sandhu of Sister Mintaka

October 21, 2021

In this episode, we're talking to Sandeep Sandhu, founder of Sister Mintaka. We talk about Sandeep's Indian heritage, her experience learning to sew in the UK and learn more about how she started and built an impactful fabric shop.

Sister Mintaka is a UK-based online fabric shop that carries a unique range of fabrics. Learn more about Sister Mintaka and shop their range at sistermintaka.com. Follow @SisterMintaka on Instagram for shop updates and @SandeepBeep for Sandeep's personal updates.

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-16-building-an-impactful-fabric-shop-with-sandeep-sandhu-of-sister-mintaka/

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15. Running a Sewing Studio with Jennifer Wiese of Workroom Social

15. Running a Sewing Studio with Jennifer Wiese of Workroom Social

October 14, 2021

In this episode, we chat with Jennifer Wiese from Workroom Social. Jennifer identifies as Asian and Taiwanese American, and in our discussion, she shares about her experience being a mixed American running a sewing business.

Workroom Social is a sewing studio based in Brooklyn, New York that provides sewing classes and events to teach people how to sew clothes that fit their individual styles and unique body shapes and sizes. One of the big events Jennifer throws every year is Camp Workroom Social, a sleepaway camp for adults who like to sew! Follow Workroom Social on Instagram @workroomsocial and check out Jennifer’s YouTube Channel: Workroom Social TV. You can visit Jennifer’s website at workroomsocial.com to shop her fabric line and learn more about Camp Workroom Social, her online class Sewing Patterns Mastered & other upcoming classes and events.

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-15-running-a-sewing-studio-with-jennifer-wiese-of-workroom-social/

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14. Mindful Fabric Selection, Part 2

14. Mindful Fabric Selection, Part 2

October 7, 2021

In this episode, we continue our discussion about mindful fabric selection. We discuss mainstream fabrics and other alternatives to consider when sourcing fabrics for sewing project, and greenwashing (especially in the context of deadstock fabric). We also talk about what sustainability means to us, how it intersects with our identities and how sustainability shows up in our own sewing practices.

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-14-mindful-fabric-selection-part-2/

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13. Mindful Fabric Selection, Part 1

13. Mindful Fabric Selection, Part 1

September 30, 2021

In this episode, we're talking about mindful fabric selection. When we say mindful, we’re not talking about picking the right fabric for a specific sewing project. What we mean is: taking into consideration the environmental and human rights issues involved with your fabric choices.

The fashion industry is the second-most polluting industry, after oil. The growing, production and processing of fabrics comes with its own bag of environmental and social impacts. And trying to pick a so-called “green” or “sustainable” fabric for your sewing project is easier said than done. So what does it all mean and how do our Asian identities inform our choices?

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-13-mindful-fabric-selection-part-1/

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12. Natural Dyeing with Ella Clausen of @handmademillennial

12. Natural Dyeing with Ella Clausen of @handmademillennial

September 23, 2021

In this episode, we get to know Ella Clausen of @HandmadeMillennial. Ella is a Black and Filipinx garment sewist based in Oakland, California. Her Instagram account highlights her adventures in making, including sewing, natural dyeing and other fiber and textile arts. Learn more about Ella at: https://instagram.com/handmademillenial

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-12-natural-dyeing-ella-handmade-millennial/

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11. The History of the Qipao/Cheongsam

11. The History of the Qipao/Cheongsam

September 16, 2021

We are back for season 2! On our season premiere, we discuss the history of the qipao/cheongsam, how the garment has changed over time and its cultural significance. We also share important podcast updates, what we were up to this summer and of course, our latest sewing projects.

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-11-history-of-the-qipao-cheongsam/

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10. Size Inclusivity with Leila Kelleher (@leila_sews)

10. Size Inclusivity with Leila Kelleher (@leila_sews)

July 8, 2021

On this week's episode, we discuss Asian identity, size inclusivity in sewing and patternmaking for large bodies with Leila Kelleher (@leila_sews), half of the team behind Muna and Broad (@munaandbroad).

For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please see: https://asiansewistcollective.com/episode-10-size-inclusivity-with-leila-kelleher-leila_sews/

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