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    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

“The Cultural Fabric of our Lives”

Young woman in a white shirt stands to the right of a table of cloth and textiles while an older man and woman look on.
Textiles of a culture
NPS/Phil Lupsiewicz

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News Release Date: August 20, 2014
Contact: Marieke Slovin, 978-970-5000
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

LOWELL, MA —Discover and share Lowell's rich textile history with "Lowell Cloth Traditions," a free program at Lowell National Historical Park's Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John Street, Lowell, MA) on Sunday August 24th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Experience the vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and fascinating stories from the clothes we wear to traditional methods of weaving and dyeing from around the world.Meet artists carrying on historic traditions and create new traditions with fiber arts and textiles.

Textiles play a central role in the lives of people around the world. Nearly 200 years ago, the Merrimack Manufacturing Company produced cotton cloth in the new city of Lowell. Today, members of Lowell's diverse communities preserve and create cloth using traditional techniques originating around the globe. In Lowell, cloth is tradition! For 100 years, cotton was king in this industrial city, and traditions have continued with fiber arts and textiles. People travel from around the world to live and work in this historic place. They bring with them cultural and artistic traditions, both new and old.

Presenters representing the American Textile History Museum, Angkor Dance Troupe, Fiber Arts and Textile Artists in Lowell, and community members from Mali, Kenya, Burma, Cambodia, and other countries, will display their unique textiles and share the stories, techniques, and significance behind them.

When:

Sunday, August 24th from 1-4pm

What:

Presenters will be available to talk about their textile traditions

Visitors can weave cloth on hand-looms from the Tsongas Industrial History Center

Family crafts along a textile theme.

*Special tour of the Boott Mill working weave room from 2-3pm

Visitors of all ages are welcome! We invite you to bring or wear the fabric of your culture and share your family traditions.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000. For additional information on this program, if you are a textile artist and would like to join the event, or if you would like to share textiles from your cultural heritage, please contact park ranger Marieke Slovin at Marieke_Slovin@nps.gov.

 

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