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Moroccan Tablet Weaving, Finger Weaving, and Trim decorating for North African Textiles: In-Person Workshop

Moroccan Tablet Weaving, Finger Weaving, and Trim decorating for North African Textiles: In-Person Workshop

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Date(s) - 07/18/2022 - 07/21/2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Spend four days in-person at our studio in Berkeley, CA with Dr. Tomoko Torimaru, author of One Needle, One Thread. In this workshop, Dr. Torimaru will lecture on tablet weaving, finger weaving, and finger braiding as observed along The Silk Road. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice Moroccan tablet weaving and finger weaving under the guidance of Torimaru-sensei and will make a small pochette (pouch or narrow purse) or something similar.

Torimaru-sensei says, “In my field research, I saw from Western China along the Silk Road to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and other West Asian areas, the edges of clothing decorated with beautiful ribbons made using primitive techniques such as tablet weaving, finger weaving and finger braiding.”

“These ribbons on clothing edges also serve to reinforce and appear to represent the harsh Silk Road journey of proud merchants.”

“The tablet weaving ribbons we saw in Morocco during our 2019 survey are of various types seen in Silk Road countries. I saw a very interesting technique that combines sewing tablet weaving ribbons on cloth then finger weaving. I felt that I experienced and saw the last stop of the Silk Road there.”

Since 1990, Dr. Torimaru has done much field work in China, Southeast Asia, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India, and Morocco to study many forms of proto-loom weaving techniques including ancient tablet weaving and finger weaving.

DETAILS ON TIMING OF WORKSHOP:  Each day, on July 18, 19, 20, and 21, Dr. Torimaru will give instruction from 9:00 – 13:00 PST.  Lunchtime in the garden: 13:00 – 14:00.

$700 | $665 WSN Members. $70 materials fee to instructor (cash/ check).

 

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