Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild
Liz, Bersha, Mon Maya, and Terry addressed the Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild on October 16, 2018, telling them about the history and current status of the Woven In Exile people and efforts. Our hostess for the evening was Carol Thomb, who also recommended that the MSWG make a $200 donation to WIE for the purchase of yarns, which the Guild did through gift cards redemable at the Yarn Barn of Kansas in Lawrence.
The meeting started with Carol Thomb (left) telling about Woven In Exile and other officers making statements about past and upcoming events.
The meeting's introductory comments concluded with a "Show and Tell" session in which several weavers, spinners, and quilters showed and described their recent work. In the picture above a newly-finished quilt was applauded by the group.
Using projected images, Bersha and Terry described the 18+ years these Bhutanese refugees spent in primitive camps in Southeastern Nepal, living in bamboo huts with no running water or electricity. Liz then talked about the weavers, backstrap looms, and how she works with these talented weavers. Throughout this presentation, Mon Maya, seated in the traditional weaving position, sat on the floor weaving on her backstrap loom.
In the picture above, Mon Maya weaves as Terry provides stability for the beating down of the wefts. A simple heddle made of one dowel and thread serves as a means to open the shed, with dowels keeping the layers separate. People were amazed at how such beautiful woven pieces were made on such a simple device.