Weavers of Orlando is an active organization which promotes and encourages interest in the fiber arts: Weaving, Spinning, Basketry, Dyeing, Felting, Beading and more…
Weavers of Orlando has been meeting regularly since 1942.
We meet once a month on the 3rd Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.
We'll be in the large meeting room on the ground floor.
"The Iban Textiles from Borneo" will be the topic of the February 20, 2016 regular monthly meeting of the Weavers of Orlando, (WoO). Presenting will be renown author, lecturer and textile expert, Ms. Winnie Nelon.
Ms. Nelon is an author, an internationally renown collector, and former co-chair of the Textile Society of Hong Kong and a Society colleague. Her presentation will explore the history and techniques behind the creation of these textiles which were made on simple backstrap looms. Several pieces will be available for viewing during and after the talk.
The meeting will be held in the ground-level meeting room of The Winter Park Towers, located at 1111 Lakemont Ct, Winter Park, FL, at 10 AM.
The Iban have a long heritage of using intricate, complex and powerful designs on their plaiting and weaving. Their textiles traditionally were integral in ceremonies providing the protection, support and harmony needed for the dangerous and challenging world of tribal rivalry. Only very experienced weavers could produce the most powerful patterns without risk to themselves and consequently were ranked as equals to men who had succeeded in headhunting.
Winnie Nelon spent almost a third of her banking career in Asia where she developed a passion for traditional S.E. Asian textiles. She was co-chair of the Textile Society of Hong Kong, coordinated the TSHK newsletter for many years and also coordinated the publication of two editions of The Guide to Asian Textile collections. Since retiring, she has learned to weave and is active with the Manasota (Manatee/Sarasota, FL) Weavers Guild in Florida. She has spoken about textiles in her collection to weaving guilds, college seminars, conferences and Asian art organizations. She currently lives in Longboat Key, Florida and Sherborn, Massachusetts.
The Weavers of Orlando has been an active educational and social organization in Central Florida since 1942. It promotes and encourages interest in the fiber arts: weaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, felting, beading and related fiber crafts. Monthly Weavers of Orlando meetings are from 10 am until 12 noon, are fun and informative and designed for both the beginning and advanced weaver. It provides regular workshops and study groups, valuable instruction on fiber arts and a clearinghouse of information on a variety of topics including yarn and loom sources and weaving guilds across the United States.
For further information on 'The Iban Textiles from Borneo' offered by The Weavers of Orlando, contact Mary Jane Fields, email@example.com
The meeting and presentation is free; guests and new members are always welcomed!
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