Friday, May 22, 2009

Leatherwork

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop
Instructor Jawaja Leatherworkers

[Editors note: this workshop was canceled due to the visa denials.]

Leatherworking is one of the oldest trades in the world. In India groups have preserved and maintained techniques very much based on manual skills. Working only with a variety of small tools, the Jawaja leatherworkers make everything from shoulder bags to change purses. Their historic specialty was the manufacture of harness work for the calvary.

In this workshop students will work alongside master craftspeople, the members of the Jawaja group who have travelled from India. Participants will learn to control leather in a way that takes advantage of its strengths and natural beauty. Skills will be developed as they work on a variety of small projects.

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