Naja Druva, second year counseling student at Southwestern College, led a remarkable workshop weaving together the history and myths of spinning, recycling, transformation, body awareness, and the "crude simplicity" of creating within a community with a wheel and a shaft. Participants brought old clothing and fabric, and related stories of the material's journey and their personal experiences with fabric within their family. Many of us had watched our mothers and grandmothers make rag rugs, sew clothing, and have a relationship with material.
We were reminded to appreciate where we started, as the material we brought would never be the same, and to notice our experience of deconstructing and recreating.
As everyone cut their material, conversations about cooking, relationships, family, and life bubbled up around the room between old friends and new acquaintances. As we spun our new yarn, some women stood while others sat, and there was a sense of a calm ease among the members... We have been here before, generations of women creating something new out of something old, together.