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Bindle to Bohcha: Carrying Cloths Around the World
October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Discover the history and range of wrapping cloths, textiles used for centuries for the storage and transportation of goods.
Wrapping cloths are a reusable alternative to bags. From the sturdy cloths of the Andes, intended to last a lifetime, to the Japanese furushiki that are patched with recycled fabric to extend their useful lives, carrying cloths reflect their sustainability through repair and reuse. From the hobo’s bindle to the Turkish bohcha and Korean bojagi, purpose-made cloths have long been used around the world. They vary in size and manufacturing technique based on available materials and intended function and thus show both the practicality and art of textiles. This lecture will survey a number of these special cloths from different regions in the Americas to East Asia, and conclude with a brief demonstration with suggestions for making your own cloths.
Portland Textile Month only happens one month out of the year and we have more events than we can list. So the TextileX-change has been created to serve as a year-round companion site. Both community platforms provide a space to share ideas, histories, knowledge, commerce, and practices across cultures and generations.
TextileXchange serves as a primary hub to foster this inspired exchange throughout the Portland textile community and beyond. We hope you’ll join us!
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In a little over two years, PTM has turned from an ambitious idea into an engaged community movement. This transformation highlights the power of our mission to foster collaboration cross-pollination, cultural dialogue, and exchange among the Portland textile community and beyond.
We've organized 3 festivals with over 170 events representing the diversity of textile interests and practices. And we've galvanized makers, businesses, teachers, students, institutions, and organizations to gather around shared interests and knowledge-sharing.
PTM would not have been possible without the dedication of a core group of committed volunteers and the receptiveness of the textile community. We hope to continue building PTM and TextileXchange as sustainable resources that serve the textile community for years to come. And that's where you come in.
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