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Watching weavers in action: Refugee women to show off timeless skills at One Green Street

The Community Cloth
A Karenni Burmese woman will be on-hand at Saturday's event to demonstrate weaving on a backstrap loom.  Photo courtesy of The Community Cloth

Marveling at the detail of a handwoven textile is one thing; watching the weaver in action is an experience altogether different — a fact that CultureMap's Joel Luks made abundantly clear in a recent Art & About video featuring Karenni weavers. 

On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., One Green Street will host refugee women from The Community Cloth for an afternoon of ware-selling and loom demonstrations. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the artisans.

"It's about empowering these refugee women and providing them with supplemental income," explains Roxanne Paiva, founder and executive director of OUR Global Village and co-founder of The Community Cloth program. 

Paiva tells CultureMap that Saturday's events will feature a Karenni Burmese weaver using a backstrap loom, plus two women from Bhutan and another from Iraq selling handwoven products, jewelry and knitted and crocheted wares while they recount their experiences.  

Find more information about the event here

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