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Folk Craft 2015
Textile Traditions

Textiles are all around us – in the functional items we use every day and in the finery we save for special occasions. Both utilitarian and decorative, textiles can be as varied as clothing, containers, bed coverings, wall hangings, and floor coverings.

Here in the folk craft area you will have a chance to watch traditional techniques used in the creation of textiles: twining, coiling, weaving, quilting, hooking, and lace making. We also explore how textiles are used in what is called the “unstitched garment,” i.e., wrapping Indian saris, African headwraps, and Islamic headscarves. You will discover how the pattern of a textile’s weave, its thread count, and the way it is worn can convey religious belief, marital status, wealth, or social standing.

What began as basic survival skills have evolved largely into expressions of aesthetic creativity. Come compare quilting traditions from African American and Anglo American quilting guilds. Watch how embellishments such as bobbin and needle lace are created. Try your hand at hooking a rug or weaving a scarf. See how you look in an African head wrap.

Sneak peak at this year's artists.....

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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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Updated 05/21/2015 8:30 AM

 

 
 
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