Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop in the “Fun with Textiles” series for the Sadu House in Kuwait. The workshops are sponsored by Gulf Bank and are to expose children aged 6-12 to the textile arts. Since the Sadu House is a cultural museum based on the art of traditional Bedouin weaving, I thought it would be nice to introduce them to the basics of weaving. I know that some children may have done a little weaving already, so I wanted to make this workshop a little different. We had them draw and color a picture on a paper towel first, and then cut it into strips to weave into their piece. Adding this element really showed their creativity.
We used cardboard looms and showed them how to warp the loom, and how to do a plain Tabby Weave (simple over 1, under 1 weaving). I wanted to show them more weaving techniques, but they all loved the basic weaving so much, that they just wanted to continue with that. Those who finished quickly were able to learn how to make tassels on each end of their weaving.
I was so impressed with their creations. They were all so beautiful and unique! I hope it opened up their minds as to some of the amazing possibilities of weaving and working with yarn.
Gulf Bank put together a promo video from the day, and there is some great footage of the kids hard at work. Click on the play button in the post below to see it!
بنك الخليج وجمعية السدو يستأنفان ورش عمل "المرح مع النسيج" التي تهدف نحو تنمية مهارات الأطفال وتعزيز قدراتهم في صناعة المشغولات اليدوية والحفاظ على التراث الكويتي وتقاليده العريقة Gulf Bank and Al Sadu Society Resume ‘Fun with Textiles’ Workshops that teach children skills in crafts and textile art techniques to preserve Kuwaiti traditions and heritage @saduhouse #kuwait #gulfbank #csr #بيت_السدو