This months Colour raffle is based on Hard & Soft Coral, Sponges and Algae – lilac; gold/yellow and white.
Our speakers this month are Diane & Jim Gaffney
talking about ‘Clothes for Festivities, Ceremonies and Special Occasions’.
Diane and Jim Gaffney run Textile Techniques and their shop, Textile Traders. They have an excellent website with lots of information at www.textiletechniques.co.uk
They specialise in buying, selling, and exhibiting hand made textiles and learning and talking about the people who make them and the techniques they use to make them.
Quoting from their website - “Glamour, glitter, gold, intricate weavings and stunning embroideries are all part of the textiles and costumes made and worn for weddings, festivals and temple ceremonies.
A wedding in Java, a temple ceremony in Bali, and a New Year celebration amongst the hill tribes of Northern Thailand.
The significance of the textiles, and the stories of their designs are as fascinating as the way they are made and the events they are made for. Come and enjoy!”
“Fair Trade has always been an important part of our business and we do our best to keep things fair by buying directly from the maker wherever possible. That way we know everyone is happy with the deal. It also helps to give money to those who continue to make high quality textiles in the teeth of considerable global economic pressures.
We particularly specialise in silks, brocade and ikat weavings from Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, batik from Java, Malaysia and Thailand, kilims, carpets and flat weaves from Turkey and tribal costume and textiles from the hilltribes of the Golden Triangle. Going to see the people who supply us with textiles and tools is the best part of our job and we try to visit at least once a year”.