UPCOMING EVENTS

* All events are free, Covid-19 safe and delivered maintaining social distance norms

Roots and Changes Exhibition Tour

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29 May 2021

30 minutes tours at 11 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm

Join a 30 minute socially distanced group to tour the exhibition learn about Roots and Changes from the Curators who made this exhibition.

Venue: The Library at Willesden Green (Exhibition Space)
6 people per tour

Bead Weaving

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3 July 2021

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn traditional bead weaving with Nayna Chhattralia and create a piece to take home.

Venue: The Library at Willesden Green (Performance Space) 20 people only

Block Printing

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17 July 2021

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Try printing fabric with a traditional wood block with Jigisha Patel. Create a design on a tote bag to take home.

 

Venue: The Library at Willesden Green (Performance Space) 20 people only

Gujarati Embroidery Mirror work

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17 July 2021

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Try Gujarati embroidery mirror work lead by Priya Patel and create a piece to take home. 

 

Venue: The Library at Willesden Green (Performance Space) 20 people only

ALL DAY LONG EVENTS

* All events are free, Covid-19 safe and delivered maintaining social distance norms

15 August 2021

11:00 am to 4:30 pm
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Warps and Weft, Cotton Yarns of Gujarat –Connecting

Cultures and Communities

Full day workshop exploring textile crafts of Gujarat in a talk by Shailini Sheth Amin, watch handloom weaving demonstration and try drop spinning and Charkha spinning. 

 

11 AM -12 PM - Talk by Shailini Sheth Amin

Textile crafts of Gujarat and its global reach.

Gandhi, Khadi fabric, its role in India’s freedom movement and impact.

Organic and sustainable clothing for people and the planet

 

12 PM -1 PM Lunch  

 

1 PM - 4 PM - Textile artist Dutch born Erna Janine, will demonstrate handloom weaving with a variety of yarns during the event.

Trained in Japan, she uses Saori looms for most of her work and travels to India regularly to explore textile techniques and history. Two years ago, she took part in the Khadi conference in Ahmedabad.

 

1 PM - 4 PM - Learn how to spin loose fibres into yarn using a drop spindle with Tiya Dahyabhai.  The resulting handmade yarn can be used to weave, knit or braided into bracelets.

Try out recycled sari fibres, colourful embroidery threads and natural hemp fibres during this workshop.

 

1 PM - 4 AM - Committed to sustainability in what we eat and wear, Asha Buch will demonstrate hand spinning on the Charkha box – the amazing simple wheels designed by Gandhi which enabled everyone in India to spin their own cotton

 

4 PM -4.30 PM - Q & A with  the workshop leaders

Venue: The Library at Willesden Green (Performance Space)
20 people only 
Lunch provided with ticket

21 August 2021

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

A Delicate Weave

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Do Din Ka Mela Documentary Film Screening

Kutch "…an island of peace in a sea of intolerance…"

 

This is how the two film makers from Mumbai, Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar describe Kutch, the semi-arid region in Gujarat, where the two documentary films were shot.

 

‘A delicate Weave’ follows four diverse musical journeys drawing on the poetic and musical traditions of Kabir and Shah Bhitai, as well as the folk and crafts traditions of the region. These remarkable musicians and singers bear testimony to how these oral traditions of compassion are being passed down from one generation to the next.

Year: 2017, Language: Kutchi and Hindi Subtitles: English, Duration: 62 mins 

Do Din ka Mela: “Nothing in the world will last – it is but a two day fair” sings Mura Lala Fafal, drawing inspiration from the Sufi traditions of Sant Kabir and Abdul Lateef Bhita’i. He is accompanied on the Jodiya Pava (double flute) by his nephew Kanji Rana Sanjot. Mura and Kanji are Meghwals, a pastoral Dalit community that lives on the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch, in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. The Great Rann of Kutch is a vast salt marsh/desert that separates India and Pakistan

Year: 2009, Language: Kutchi and Gujarati, Subtitles: English, Duration: 60 mins

The screening of these films is followed by a Q&A with the Directors via video conference

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Venue: The Library at Willesden Green (Performance Space) 
40 people only
Lunch provided with ticket

* All events are free, Covid-19 safe and delivered maintaining social distance norms