IMPORTANCE OF TEXTILES: Robin Carvery and Deanne Schowter speak to the Applique Society about the Great Silk Road of China.
IMPORTANCE OF TEXTILES: Robin Carvery and Deanne Schowter speak to the Applique Society about the Great Silk Road of China. Amy Lyne

Gatton Applique Society weave ageless fabrics of life

THE Applique Society met in Gatton on Saturday to discuss the Great Silk Road of China.

Five guest speakers travelled into town to share their knowledge about different textiles from other parts of the world.

Each guest speaker had travelled the silk route including countries such as Japan, India and Turkey.

The main speaker for the meeting was Morag Wilson who travelled the silk route in 2010/2011, where she did dedicated textile tours looking at the handcrafts in these countries.

"These tours opened up the history of Eastern cultures that I was previously unaware of and seeing similar crafts and techniques used by a range of cultures showed how important these ancient trade routes were for the development of civilisations," Ms Wilson said.

"I have learnt that the work we do is universal and ageless and that women have stitched the fabrics of life and civilisation with their craft work."

Other guest speakers displayed crafts from their travels, including kimonos and shoes which were for bound feet from the 10th century to 1911.

The Applique Society meets every three months.


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