WEAVING AROUND THE WORLD

Weaving is one of the simplest and oldest ways of creating cloth and fabric.  Not to mention how easily the activity integrates math, science, art, and basic foundational small motor skills.  Our cross-cultural slide show takes you around the world to some remote and traditional weaving communities practicing techniques of their ancestors to make clothing lasting a lifetime.  Schedule just one, or a whole workshop series with these offerings:

BACK-STRAP LOOM:
Back-strap looms have been used for centuries in North, Central and South America.  We'll get you started on a few of our looms that you can borrow for longer if you'd like.  Form your own weaving collective, group, or club, and complete 12-inch wide and yard-long pieces that can be sewn together into a finished blanket or throw.

WEAR IT HOME:
Our most popular - weave-and-wear a colorful armband (it doubles as a hair scrunchie) woven on scrap cardboard looms.  Easy to replicate, this activity provides a wonderful stepping stone to more, complex or similar projects.

SIMPLE LOOMS:
You learn how to re-purpose everyday materials into looms for one-of-a-kind works roughly 8 x 10 inches.

WOVEN FENCE IMPROV:
Using temporary construction fencing, or stationary and permanent fencing, create a woven mural with found and scavenged materials like old clothing and scraps.  The approach is either as a collaborative work or individual pieces that can be added and subtracted from the whole.  Make a woven statement outside or inside! 

 

Best for participants 7 years and older.

60-90 minutes to start

BUILD A SERIES WITH:
Fibers & Fingers

Inca: Llamas & Looms

Japan: Craft & Folk Art

Native California: Miwok & Ohlone

Olmec, Maya, and Aztec

Rope Reverence

Silkworms to Suits

Southern China

Southwest Native America

West Africa

image 1: Barbara Shapiro

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