Bast Fiber Demonstration and Lecture


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Special Event

When: Feb 17 2008 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery, Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Rd., Honolulu

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Hawaii Handweavers' Hui will be presenting a demonstration and lecture on bast fibers on Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibit "Material Choices: Bast and Leaf Fiber Textiles in Asia and the Pacific" at the East-West Center Gallery.

Members of HHH will spin flax into linen and a table loom will be set up for the public to weave cloth from linen thread. Linen, made of flax, is one of many bast fibers found in the stems of plants used to make fiber and cloth. Linen is not traditionally used in Asia and the Pacific. Many unique bast and leaf fibers are featured in the "Material Choices" exhibit.
At 2:30 p.m. Linda Hee, member of the HHH and a textile expert, will speak on bast fibers, their construction and care. She will also set up a microscope through which the public can view bast, cotton and wool fibers to better see their structure and qualities.

The Hawaii Handweavers' Hui is a non profit organization that encourages and promotes excellence in handweaving by bringing together weavers, spinners, dyers, fiber artists and educators who share the joy and passion of the fiber arts.

The "Material Choices" exhibit runs from Feb. 10 to March 30, 2008 at the East-West Center Gallery, Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Rd. Gallery hours are Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Saturdays and holidays. Admission is free.

For more information about this event:
Norma Wilson 943-8777

EWC Arts Program information:
Eric Chang 944-7584

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 944-7584