TA191 - Native American Hand-Woven Pouch Workshop

TA191 Handwoven Pouch Eliz Perry.JPG
TA191 Handwoven Pouch Eliz Perry.JPG

TA191 - Native American Hand-Woven Pouch Workshop

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Indigenous Fiber Art goes back thousands of years.  Numerous types of weaving are practiced by Native people of the Northeast Woodlands to make pouches, skirts, capes, blankets and other necessary comforts of life. While beautiful and once-abundant local raw materials such as animal fur, feathers and native plant fibers were all spun and used, we will employ commercial wool yarn in this class in order to learn the process of this brilliant art. Using three colors, participants will weave by hand, no loom, the diagonal stripe design, finally folding and sewing the handwoven cloth to create a small pouch.  Add a wampum bead for a button! Please bring a brick or small cushion and safety pins to secure your work.

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Elizabeth James Perry is a resident of Dartmouth, and an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head - Aquinnah, located by the richly colored clay cliffs of Martha’s Vinyard -Noepe.  As a member of a Nation that has lived on and harvested the sea since ancient times, Elizabeth’s perspective on relating to the North Atlantic is a combination of coastal Algonquian culture, traditional beliefs and contemporary Marine Science.  She is a multi-medium traditional and contemporary artist taught by her mother Patricia James-Perry and other talented and inspirational family members.  Much of Elizabeth’s work focuses on the early Native Culture of the Northeastern Woodlands, including ancient wampum shell carving and reviving natural dye techniques to create a traditional palette for her finger woven sashes, bags and baskets.  Elizabeth represents Wampanoag traditions in her writing, in her exhibit designs and occasionally through intensive community weaving and dye workshops for organizations like the Evergreen College Longhouse.  She also has a degree in Marine Science from UMass Dartmouth

  • $10 materials fee payable to instructor at start of workshop.

  • Friday, noon - 4:00 p.m.

  • March 29