Craftstravaganza 910


MAWA Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Mega-Workshop in Craft Practices from around the World

Saturday, March 10, 2012, noon-4 pm at MAWA

Free! All genders welcome! All ages! Afghani snacks will be served!
Materials provided. Childminding provided.

At our much anticipated 4th Annual IWD crafting event, four master craftswomen will be on hand between noon and 4pm to share their skills. Come and go! Enjoy good food, good company, good crafting and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony! The workshops will feature:

Reverse Appliqué with Maria Choi

 Maria will teach the quilting technique of reverse appliqué, in which several layers of fabric are stacked, shapes are cut, and raw edges are turned under and stitched to expose different layers. Maria came to Canada over five years ago. In Korea, she worked as a master quilter and instructor. In Winnipeg, she was asked by the MOSAIC Newcomer Family Resource Network to make a quilt out of many different, traditional fabrics donated by the newcomer women participating in their programs. The result is now known as the MOSAIC quilt and is displayed at their office. Maria volunteers at community events, teaching her skill to other newcomer women.

Agaseke (Rwandan Basketry) with Assumpta Mukandutiye

Agaseke is a tradition that has practical value as well as symbolic meaning to the culture of Rwanda. Agaseke translates into “No one can see in your heart”, and refers to the image of baskets, which, when closed with lids, keep the secrets of the family. Traditionally made of sisal, the fiber from the Agave plant, they are given to brides on their wedding day, and are used to hide jewelry as well as to store and serve food. After the genocide in Rwanda, Agaseke became a way to promote women’s involvement in peace and reconciliation. The “how to” of this practice will be taught by Assumpta, who started her new life in Canada three years ago, after supporting her family as a widow in a refugee camp by making and selling craft items such as embroidery and beaded jewelry. In Winnipeg, she promotes traditional Rwandan craft traditions among the younger community members.

Knitting in the Bhutanese Culture with Kamala Dhungana and Phul Maya Gurung

Seeing the particular knitting traditions of Bhutan will be of interest to experienced knitters, and beginning knitters will have the opportunity to learn basic stitches. Kamala and Phul Maya will demonstrate, teach and talk about their unique culture based in the Himalayan Mountains. Kamala and Phul Maya both came to Canada a little more than a year ago with their respective families. Up until that point, they had spent most of their lives in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, waiting to repatriate in a third country. They are currently enrolled in the IRCOM Child Care Program to gain skills that enhance their employment opportunities in Winnipeg.

Beauty and Fashion in Afghanistan with Leilomah Ahmad

This workshop will provide a glimpse into the fastest growing industry in Afghanistan today. Perceptions of beauty and fashion vary between and within cultures. Cross-culturally, they are a means for self-expression and individuation. However, during the Taliban government’s rule in Afghanistan, women’s access to beauty and fashion was prohibited, and serious repercussions were faced by women for such simple practices as painting their nails. Despite ongoing conservatism, the beauty industry thrives in Kabul, largely because beauty and fashion hold an important position in Afghan culture. At MAWA, Leilomah will provide free manicures, including the chance to experiment with colors and designs. She came to Canada nearly 5 years ago and lives here with her husband and six children. She works as a child minder and an interpreter with various community organizations assisting other newcomer women adjust to Canadian life and culture. During the Craftstravaganza, the 12-minute documentary Kabul Beauty will be shown, describing the experiences of self-employed, Afghan women with their own beauty parlor.


This event is supported by the Provincial Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jennifer Howard; the Manitoba Craft Council; Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library; The Edge Gallery; and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM).

Caption: Last year’s Craftravaganza was fantastically fun

Start Time: 12:00 pm
Date: Saturday March 10, 2012
End Time: 4:00 pm
Location: MAWA, 611 Main Street

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