She mentioned a book, "Indigo: The Color That Changed the World", which I found on Amazon by Caterine Legrand. (And for anyone who loves indigo, I personally recommend the video BLUE ALCHEMY, by Mary Lance. See http://bluealchemyindigo.com/.)
"Boro cloth", much-mended fabric created in Japan, originally by families too poor to buy new fabric, was discussed and shown in Jean's talk. Here's more information: https://furugistarjapan.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/boro-japanese-folk-fabric/
With permission from Yew Tree House Antiques, this post displays an image of a boro cloth currently for sale. Put the word "boro" into the website search box to see it and the information about it -- I could not come up with a direct link.
The wool gauze Jean likes is available from Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, whose webpage is http://yoshikowada.com/
Many of us know that crewel embroidery was an attempt to replicate the patterns on textiles brought to Europe and America from India. But I certainly didn't know something Jean discovered during a trip to India to study weaving and dyeing techniques: the origin of the word bandana.
also often bandanna, 1752, from Hindi bandhnu, a method of dyeing, from Sanskrit badhnati "binds" (because the cloth is tied like modern tie-dye), from same PIE root as band (n.1). Etymologically, the colors and spots are what makes it a bandana." (from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bandana)
"from Hindi bāndhnū tie-dyeing, from bāndhnā to tie, from Sanskrit bandhnāti he ties" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bandanna)
Now I have to go look at one to see the modern translation of the dot pattern which is India's equivalent of Japanese shibori. I've put a few internet images with this post, but you can find lots more by searching online yourself.
— Rachel Holmen