Good Sunday –
I received the latest Vogue Knitting Winter 2016/2017 issue in the mail. This sub-headline, Is Weaving the NEW Knitting? caught my attention. The article talks about the transition of generations with the craft and emerging weavers…
But it’s not old hippies who are taking to their looms these days, and they’re not making harvest gold pillow covers. Millennials and Gen-Xers are driving the DIY crusade and are finding solace-and often financial reward-in the Marker Movement. They are creating stylish, modern and creative pieces using weaving and knotting techniques that had their last heyday half a century ago. And it’s being fueled by social media. In short, weaving is having a moment. Pg 32
The last line is what concerned me, as a weaver…”In short, weaving is having a moment.” With such a rich history of weaving, along with the traditions that are passed through cultures, such as the Navajo and West Africans traditions, whose sons and daughters become Master Weavers to continue the art and craft; we don’t want it to just have a moment. I am glad for the extension of the craft to more generations, the innovations, and increase of the fiber arts community, but I in part people to learn the history of Lenore Tawney , Daisy Taugelchee and more, as well, so it’s moves beyond a trend for the moment.
In 2013, an interview with Chapuchi Ahiagble, Kenti Master Weaver from Denu, Ghana, is what drew me to weaving, after being a knitter and crocheter. Chapuchi explained and presented to me the history of the Kenti cloth patterns, the invest in the art, what the patterns communicated, meaning of the colors, how he makes his own floor looms and more. Within two months, I found a weaving community, who has taught me so much in the last 3 years… It hasn’t been a meditative practice for me but one of patience due to the time, terminology/techniques, and the focus required; however, it’s what deepened my understanding of the importance of preserving the fiber arts crafts and extending its’ community. You can listen to the interview here.
But I leave you with this story from Melanie Yazzie, Weaving Memory in celebration of the history and tradition and preservation.
Happy Weaving! #FiberWithACause