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Folk Craft 2015
Textile Traditions

Since time immemorial, weaving has played a vital role in cultures around the world. Textiles range from materials made for everyday use to finery reserved for special occasions. With the availability of modern textile manufacturing, what began as a domestic survival skill has largely evolved into expressions of aesthetic creativity.

In this year’s folk craft area, you will have a chance to watch a range of techniques used in making textiles: twining, coiling, weaving, quilting, rug hooking, and lace making. In contrast to western dress, you can explore how textiles are used in the “unstitched garment,” i.e., wrapping South Asian saris, African headwraps, and Islamic headscarves.

Come compare quilting traditions from African American and Anglo American quilting guilds. Watch how embellishments such as bobbin lace are created. Try your hand at hooking a rug. Discover different ways of weaving a basket. See how you look in a Nigerian headwrap. Ask how the patterns of a textile’s weave, its thread count, and the way it is worn can convey religious belief, marital status, wealth, or social standing.

 

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Stuffed Dough

Stuffed dough is often associated with comfort food, whether it's a snack, an appetizer, a dessert, or part of a main meal. These toothsome treats are found in many cultures, using ingredients that traditionally are locally available. Varieties of stuffed dough made in home kitchens in the Lowell area are part of the cultural heritage of this year's cooks with Chinese, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, and Polish roots.

The dough can be leavened or unleavened; stuffed with sweets or savories; formed into various shapes; and be baked, fried, boiled, or steamed. There's no such thing as leftovers where stuffed dough is served.  

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Schedule (demonstrations at Foodways Tent, Lucy Larcom Park)

Saturday, July 25th
Presenter Recipe Culture Time
TBA     12:00 noon
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Sunday, July 26th
Presenter Recipe Culture Time
TBA     12:00 noon
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