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An important part of the Selvedge World Fair is our online workshop programme. The virtual workshops include something for all craft and textile lovers. From surface design to knitting, basket-making to upcycling clothes, the workshops are a rare opportunity to learn skills from master artisans who are the best in the world at their crafts. All the workshops will be taught via Zoom and we need some volunteers to help us keep them running smoothly. Are you a confident Zoom user who would like to take part? Responsibilities include admitting guests to the session and making sure the host (and/or their translator) is aware of any questions asked by participants.
We will add more sessions to the programme during July, but workshops already on sale include Bamboo Weaving, with Ock Pop Tock (Laos). Founded in 2000 by Joanna Smith and Veomanee Douangdala, Ock Pop Tok is an artisan social enterprise based in Luang Prabang, Laos. Ock Pop Tok (meaning “East Meets West” in Lao) was founded on the principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices and the original concept was to bring people together through textiles to exchange knowledge and ideas. The company was pioneering social business and ethical fashion before these terms were even a part of our cultural lexicon.
And Wool Spinning and Tapestry by Ruzanna Torozyan of Goris Women's Development Resource Centre Foundation (WDRCF). Ruzanna Torozyan was born and lives in Goris community of Syunik region, South of Armenia. On her initiative, the "Wool to Carpet" social enterprise was established in Shinuhayr village of Tatev community back in 2015 with the aim to create sustainable income opportunities for disadvantaged women in the region and stimulate economic development through developing wool value chain: from sheep to customers of woollen products.
If you would like to volunteer as a Zoom assistant during Selvedge World Fair workshops, please email email@example.com.