We wrapped up our Everybody Weaves unit this week with a Kente cloth weaving project, two guest speakers, and a trip to the Fleming Museum to search for examples of weaving in other cultures. Qamar and Safiya's mom, Khadija, visited to speak to us about Somalia, and she demonstrated how she weaves baskets. Ganga Sharma, a cultural liaison for the school district, spoke to the students about culture and weaving in Nepal and Bhutan.
Examples of some of the questions students asked:
What materials do people weave with in your country?
Why do people weave there?
Who weaves? And How do they learn to weave?
What are schools there like?
What kind of music do people listen to?
For their last project in this unit, students made cardboard looms to create pieces inspired by Ghanaian Kente cloth. At the Fleming museum we learned that Kente means "whatever happens to it, it will not tear" in Akan.
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy