All our wonderful colleagues from the Folk Arts Hub Foundation in Armenia, made an amazing impression on countless thousands of people attending the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC this summer with master carpet weavers, singers, ancient Armenian shadow play performers, and artisans of the highest order.
Our friends at the Folk Arts Hub Foundation also continue to work with the Armenian Rugs Society in realizing one of our most important projects in the Homeland--the "Adopt-a-Loom" Initiative throughout rural Armenia and many of its cities.
In addition to Arakads, Karagert, and Sassounik, the Folk Arts Hub Foundation has added six more villages as part of the "Adopt-a-Loom" Initiative in Armenia, including:
1. Oshakan, in the Aragatsotn Region - 11 students and 2 teachers.
2. Hatsik, in the Armavir Region - 10 students and 3 teachers.
3. Ptghunk, in the Armavir Region - 13 students, 3 teachers, and 2 young girls from the nearby Light House
4. Meghradzor, in the Kotayk Region - 10 students and 1 teacher.
5. Voskevaz, in the Aragatsotn Region - 9 students and 2 teachers.
6. Ujan, in the Aragatsotn Region - It's the last location for this year and we're in the process of setting up - 16 students
and 4 teachers.
There are also a total of 69 eager participants (as of the end of 2017) excited to learn the ancient and noble rug weaving craft, thanks to the valuable support and generous donations from Armenian Rugs Society members in the US and the the Folk Arts Hub in Yerevan.
We hope to triple the number of villages in 2018 and include border areas, as well.
The Armenian Rugs Society is proud to announce it is now accepting applications for internship opportunities targeting high school, college, and university students, as well as others individuals interested in public service within a vibrant and growing non-profit organization.
Those interested in connecting with a passionate global community learning about Armenian culture, the textile arts, exhibition and symposium organizing, curating, and event planning, as well as a slew of other activities and projects, are urged to apply.
All interns will receive commensurate community service and volunteer experience and accreditation. Some positions may become paid part-time or full-time opportunities in due course.
Please inquire and/or apply via our website CONTACT page or via our e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with #internship in the comment section or subject line.
Silk is the noblest of all natural fibers--it is delicate durable and shines like gold. No other woven textile equals it’s beauty.
The Silk Road caravans found their way to Armenia, as well, and Armenian merchants brought the secret of sericulture home.
In Western Armenia (Ottoman Empire), as well as in present day Artsakh, the mulberry tree is abundant and, hence, local production of silk from cocoons thrived as well. During the Soviet Era, along with many folk traditions, the art of sericulture died, too.
Fortunately, today, Folk Arts are experiencing a revival in Armenia. The young generation is embracing the folk traditions and crafts with enthusiasm infusing into them their contemporary creativity.
Having this revival in mind, two years ago Folk Arts HUB Foundation sponsored a silk weaving workshop by inviting Mr. Avak Shirinian from Istanbul to Yerevan. Mr. Shirinian is a world renown master silk rug weaver and he had expressed his desire to transmit his knowledge and craft to the new generation of the young Republic of Armenia.
Two looms and big bundles of colorful silk threads were shipped from Istanbul to the Silk Road Hotel in Yerevan. Also, two traditional designs were provided by Hratch Kozibeyokian, President of the Armenian Rugs Society, in the U.S.
Mr. Shirinian and his long time assistant, Ms. Kadife, conducted silk weaving workshops for 10 straight days. Thus, the challenging and magical craft of silk weaving took root and is continuing to this day.
Presently, we are also offering workshops for ceremonial silk belt weaving which requires a different technique from the historical traditions of Kars-Karin. We are excited and optimistic that this new seedling of silk weaving art and craft will grow to be a healthy tree…
Text by Levon Der Bedrossian