THE "ADOPT-A-LOOM" INITIATIVE
FOLK ARTS HUB AND ARMENIAN RUGS SOCIETY LAUNCH
"ADOPT-A-LOOM" PROJECT IN RURAL ARMENIA--
RUG WEAVING CLASSES AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS!
The Folk Arts Hub Foundation in collaboration with the Armenian Rugs Society and the Silk Road Hotel (the headquarters of ARS's branch in Armenia), in its firm dedication to the revival of the primordial Armenian craft of rug and carpet weaving, has launched a very important program for teaching carpet weaving throughout rural villages in Armenia.
The project is called "Adopt a Loom" and the ARS is seeking donations and/or sponsors for this important project. A donation of $500.00 will secure ten looms and the necessary materials (including wool) in order to instruct ten school students. The ARS will also graciously accept donations of any amount. Those who wish to donate please note "Adopt a Loom" in the "Memo" portion of your check.
The concept to introduce mandatory weaving classes (including rug and carpet weaving) throughout the schools of the Republic of Armenia has already been initially discussed with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia.
For more than 2 years, the Hub Foundation has been teaching free rug weaving and embroidery classes to more than 100 children and adults alike at its headquarters at the Silk Road Hotel.
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Tatev Muradyan, director of the Hub Foundation and a devoted ARS member, noted that classes, thus far, have been taught at a nominal fee. Miss Muradyan also pointed out that with the help of the Foundation, students learning their craft at the Silk Road Hotel will eventually be able to show and sell their hand-made rugs and embroideries.
Muradyan also emphasized how important it is to encourage others to learn the ancient Armenian craft of weaving, as an integral part of helping to revive this Armenian national craft that once was a ubiquitous tradition in so many households across historic Armenia.
"We want to show that it is possible to make beautiful rugs and embroideries, help our rich cultural heritage to continue, and at the same time, make a living while doing so," she added.
On June 4, 2016, an exhibition was held at the Silk Road Hotel, which featured the works of the Hub Foundation's student weavers, which included rugs, carpets, and embroideries. Many of the Hub's weavers, who in a matter of few years gained a great deal of expertise thanks to the initiative, also noted that thanks to their mastery of weaving, they have better understood their cultural identity and established a connection with their ancestral heritage, as well as the world at large.
Read more about Adopt-A-Loom initiative activities in their 2017Christmas Message.