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Fiber Fest 2019: Woven Lives documentary screening

Fiber Fest 2019: Woven Lives documentary screening

Screening of Woven Lives, a documentary about weavers and weaving traditions in Oaxaca, Mexico as part of Fiber Fest.

Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico, the documentary Woven Lives provides a fascinating look at contemporary Zapotec weavers from six different villages. This colorful documentary celebrates their extraordinary textiles and illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs retain their culture and identity for thousands of years. The story traces the integration of ancient techniques with new technologies and explores how the artisans are now looking to the past to help them move forward into the future. Woven Lives examines how traditional art and design play an active role in the cultural sustainability of the Zapotec communities in Oaxaca. Music by Lila Downs, Los Folkloristas, Ernesto Anaya, Son de Madera, and more.

Saturday, Aug 10 2019
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
Canyon Theater
Main Library
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Fiber Fest

Celebrate fiber arts, meet some sheep, learn to crochet, weave, knit, indigo dyeing, and follow the process of yarn making. This event is free and open to people of all ages and levels of experience, drop-in anytime. We'll plan to be outdoors in the Civic Area Park in front of the Main Boulder Library, so please dress accordingly and for the possibility of mess (indigo dyeing and animals). In the event of inclement weather, we'll move indoors to the Main Boulder Library.

The event starts with a drop spindle flash mob at 9:30 am—bring your spindle and help build the crowd for maximum effect. 

From 10 am to 2 pm, people of all ages can explore textiles and fiber arts.  

  • Weaving fun! Watch demonstrations or try weaving yourself. We’ll have several different looms for you to play with. 

  • Weaving make and take. Weave a small wall hanging of paper and thread, and take it home with you. 

  • Spinning! See how yarn is made on a spinning wheel and a drop spindle. You can try spinning, too, on our selection of drop spindles, spinning sticks and wheels. 

  • Yarn fun. Learn how to crochet, knit, or make a pompom—or all three! 

  • Learn how fleece from a sheep becomes yarn. 

  • Indigo dyeing. Create a resist design on fabric and discover the magic of indigo dyeing. 

  • Screening of Woven Lives, a documentary about weavers weaving traditions in Oaxaca, Mexico at 12:30 p.m. in the Canyon Theater.

Bring the whole family and weave your way into the fiber arts! 

This event was inspired to celebrate Schacht Spindle Company's 50th anniversary. Schacht and the Boulder Library Foundation sponsor this event. Please thank our sponsors and the dozens of fiber volunteers help make this event possible! 

If parking is full in the library lots, we recommend using the parking near St. Julien at 10th and Walnut (free parking on Saturday.)

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please sign up for a volunteer shift on August 10 and the volunteer training on Thursday, August 8, 4-5 p.m. If you are unable to attend the training, please show up early to your shift for on the spot training!