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August 2011

Center for Women in Charleston, SC, Offers Fiber Works from Africa

The Center for Women in Charleston, SC, in conjunction with the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild will co-sponsor an exhibit of photographs and woven tapestries entitled, Connected by a Thread, on display from Aug. 8 through Oct. 1, 2011. A reception will be held on Sept. 15, from 5-7pm.

The exhibit celebrates the three-year collaboration between the local fiber arts guild and the Maseru Tapestries Cooperative, a sustainable weaving operation in Lesotho, which is a small nation located in southern Africa.

In 2009, the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild raised money to train four women in Maseru as tapestry weavers, and the students responded by sending the Guild a tapestry entitled Women’s Meeting. This tapestry serves as the centerpiece for Connected by a Thread, which includes several other rugs and wallhangings woven by members of the Cooperative as well as a series of photographs taken of the weavers, their looms, and their work spaces.

An affiliate of the Handweavers Guild of America, the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild serves the greater Charleston area as a membership organization that promotes traditional and contemporary skills in a wide range of fiber arts including, but not limited to, weaving, spinning, dying, felting, basketry, quilting, knitting, crocheting, tatting and bead weaving.

The Center for Women is the only comprehensive women’s development center in South Carolina. It offers programs and events aimed at making personal and professional success an everyday event for women in the Lowcountry.

For further information check our SC Institutional Alternative Gallery listings, call the Center at 843-763-7333, visit ( or (


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