Last weekend FiberLab hosted a special event with Rupa Trivedi, of Adiv Pure Nature. Rupa shared her stories, her projects as well as demonstrate her techniques and giving us a mini workshop. One would never have know it was one of the hottest days of the year as 17 of us squeezed into my studio to be totally captivated by Rupa. We plan on having Rupa back for a more comprehensive 2-day workshop in the future.
We learned about the Temple Project and her empowerment of local women in the workplace. The Temple Project aims to create a dye palette that is 100% based on recycled temple waste applied in a scientifically controlled manner to achieve beautiful textiles with excellent fastness properties. An expanded scale of ecodyeing using flowers left over from festivals that are on their way to polluting the river. In addition to connecting with local artisans for hand dyed fabric and other raw materials, Rupa trains and employs 25 individuals (mostly women) in her business of collecting flowers, dyeing, sewing and distribution of final product.
Rupa is featured in the soon to be released book True Colors by the director of IFAM Keith Recker. True Colors is about artists who create color from natural materials and about the historical importance and environmental sustainability of this practice highlighting deep conversations with twenty-eight artisans from every part of the globe to reveal their wisdom, traditions, and know-how—and suggest that we ignore what they know at our peril.
I met Rupa through my new friend Adele Mattern of Rectangle Textiles. I wrote about Adele in the previous post about Marketplace: Handwork of India who has the similar mission of raising the status of women and their families with training and opportunity to earn a living.
They are each about sharing knowledge and creating connection, and so is FiberLab which is why this event was so perfect to bring to our community too.
FiberLab’s next extracurricular event is the NY Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck. We’ve chartered a bus for all ‘LABers and their friends. Please join us! We are close to the minimum we need by early August to secure the bus. Check out our Eventbrite page to learn more.
If you are interested in joining FiberLab, we have posted the 2019 Fall schedule on my website and we are adding a new Monday session! This is of particular interest to people new to FiberLab because we’ll be able to begin from the beginning experiments that we have covered in the Saturday class over the past few years.
I look forward to reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones this Fall… see you soon!