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Town You're driving along the Mississippi on the Great River Road with the bluffs rising above you on one side and the expanses of Lake Pepin on the other.

Sights and natural beauty, counted as some of the most beautiful in the country, are around each curve.
This is Maiden Rock country. Maiden Rock township and village: a quiet, historic river and railroad settlement surounded by rolling farmland and creek gullies rustling with wild turkey and deer set at the Mississippi's edge, providing shelter and wetlands for thousands of birds on their yearly journeys along the Mississippi Flyway.


2014-02-23 - Behind The Scenes At Cultural Cloth

Store opening April 17th for the season!
Store Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment Town Behind the scenes this winter at Cultural Cloth

As a seasonal business we're often asked: how do you spend your winter? By the time we reopen on April 17th we'll have logged over 16,000 air miles. To those who have asked this question, here's a glimpse of what we've been up to.

We'll have met with a dozen artisan groups in Guatemala , primarily women, to review their products and make purchasing decisions. We'll have commissioned handwork from over 125 women with whom we enjoy long-standing relationships. Income earned from Cultural Cloth helps them to support their families and provides opportunities that otherwise would be out of reach. For instance, last month we sat down with Rosa, the daughter of one of our embroiderers. She was eager to tell us all about her first year at college and how her view of the world has expanded, how she is seeing more and more opportunities unfold before her and how this new way of seeing feels "miraculous". (For Rosa , attending college is quite an accomplishment since her father was only able to attend school through the 4th grade and her mother never had an opportunity to attend any school at all.) We'll have scoured markets across the highlands and found fabulous folk art then carefully packed it up and shipped it home. We'll have discovered a promising young artisan hidden away in an overcrowded marketplace and felt delighted to offer this young mother an opportunity to work with Cultural Cloth. Before returning home we'll have laid out a production calendar with Reyna, our fabulous in-country manager who is overseeing design revisions, purchase orders and new products in pipe line.

Along the way, in support of one of our rug hookers, a woman we've come to admire, we'll have taken a day off to attend the funeral of her father. The moving service, filled with live music, singing, and armloads of fresh flowers, was held in a tiny church perched high above Lake Atitlan . As if to balance this loss, later in the trip we'll have met the new baby girl born to the woman who makes our market baskets.

This month in far flung corners of Afghanistan , Haiti , Egypt & Kyrgyzstan women are working on products for Cultural Cloth. We haven't travelled to these countries but each week a blizzard of emails are sent back and forth in which we communicate commission parameters and design revisions. We've reordered popular classics -the Kyrgyzstan needle felted silk shawls that sold out almost immediately last summer- and we're working on new designs, too, like embroidery-by-the-foot from Bedouin women. All of these products- each scarf, shawl, rug, table runner, coverlet, wallhanging or purse- is made by hand, stitch by stitch according to ancient traditions. Our mission is to support women living in difficult circumstances around the globe, women who are striving to improve their lives through the sale of their exquisite hand work.

Thanks for being a part of our journey. Without you none of this would be possible. We look forward to welcoming you to the shop when we throw open our doors on APRIL 17th.

With gratitude,
Jody Slocum & Mary Anne Wise
Co-Founders / Cultural Cloth


Seniors Arts & Crafts Day

April 18, 2014

Senior Center/Village Hall


Bike Day

April 19, 2014

Maiden Rock Methodist Church


Maiden Rock Township meeting

April 21, 2014

Town Hall


Senior Citizens Potluck & Meeting

April 25, 2014

Senior Center/Village Hall


Celebration Of Life For Lyle V "Bud" Larson

May 04, 2014

Maiden Rock Legion Hall


Village Board Meeting

May 05, 2014

Village Office


Coffee Break

May 12, 2014

Maiden Rock United Methodist Church


Maiden Rock Area Community Association Annual Meeting

May 20, 2014

Methodist Church



recreation in Maiden Rock



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