Weaving has a central place in our history as human beings – some of the oldest human creations in existence are weavings. Weaving has an important history in the Southwest as well – the native cultures were masters of this art form and their work both past and present is collected around the world.
The goal is to get as many people as possible to bring something to weave into the tapestry. At the event a loom will be setup and operational for all to use. People can bring things which might have some significance to them – a favorite old shirt, locks of hair, plant fibers from a special place, yarn, ribbon, string, etc. At the Faire these “wefts” will be woven by the attendee into the tapestry on the loom. If an attendee does not have anything we will have plenty of colorful “weft” yarn on hand for them to weave – so everyone can participate.
By the end of the day we will hopefully have a tapestry of some length. The texture of which will be very exciting and interesting from all the included materials, engaging viewers and participants on a personal level. The City of Albuquerque has asked to be able to display this community art after the Faire and it will come back and be displayed at next years event for all too see!
More about New Tribe textiles on their website: newtribetextiles.net