Weaving in the Maiwa Tradition

by - Friday, May 01, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Jane Stafford

We were very pleased to get this workshop proposal. The synergy of ideas expressed here inspires us – it’s the reason we hold the symposium. Instructor Jane Stafford explains the motivation for this workshop ...

I have always been so inspired by the exquisite handwoven fabrics that
are produced for Maiwa. They bear witness to the beauty and elegance of plain weave, elegant use of colour, great design, and ingenuity. This workshop has been developed based on the loom-controlled techniques used in Maiwa’s handwoven textiles. They are simple structures pushing the boundaries of plain weave in fine yarns. Students will weave eight fabrics over four days.

Students will need to have basic weaving experience and their own table loom. Warps will be prepared in advance and sent to the students before the workshop. During the workshop students will migrate from loom to loom thus gaining access to a wide variety of structures and weaves.

Students will also receive a variety of weft materials so that they can prepare bobbins.

Prerequisites: Basic weaving knowledge and a table loom.

Note: The weaves that have inspired Jane come mostly from Bengal. Examples may be found in the Maiwa store and in the exhibition On The Banks of the Ichhamati (pg 98). On Sunday October 25 Bappaditya Biswas will give a lecture (pg 28).

Jane Stafford joins us from Salt Spring Island. She has had a loom named in her honour (and designed with her recommendations and input). See the “Jane” loom produced by Louet at www.louet.com/spinning_weaving/jane.shtml.

Jane Stafford

Jane started weaving in 1978 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her studies took her to Banff, Alberta, where she studied and taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She moved to Salt Spring Island in 1988 and opened her business. Jane Stafford Textiles produces a line of mohair blankets, silk scarves, and chenille stoles. Jane also teaches a variety of weaving workshops at beginner and advanced levels.

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