WEAVING THE WAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Continuing the legacy of Sudbury Silk Stories, four local primary schools are learning about the Sudbury silk industry and the process of weaving.
With funding from the Arts Council of England, Babergh District Council is now taking activity into primary schools, reaching over 100 local children in a new project called Creative Young Weavers, building on the momentum from the recent Sudbury Silk Stories film project and celebrating the return of the Sudbury Silk Festival in 2021.
Four schools across the Sudbury area will take part, Cavendish CEVC Primary School, St Gregory CEVC Primary School, St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School and Woodhall Primary School. Specialised workshops in each school will give pupils first-hand experience of weaving and expand their knowledge of the unique silk heritage of Sudbury.
Using the waste selvedge from the silk weaving process and sections of cardboard packaging from the raw material, textile artist, Frin Arnold will engage the pupils in weaving exercises creating small samples for public display. Through the weaving experience, pupils will explore the role of the silk mills in the town, the global reputation of the fabrics created, and the variety of processes and jobs required to produce this luxurious cloth.
The pupil’s woven samples will be on public display in Sudbury town library on Suffolk Day, 20th June 10am – 4pm, bringing together participating pupils, family and friends in celebration.
Cllr Derek Davis, cabinet member for communities at Babergh District Council, said:
The creation of the Sudbury Silk Stories film and last year’s silk festival was a fantastic way to showcase a key part of Sudbury’s heritage attracting more than 5,000 visitors, involving local schools and partners. We are proud to continue to support these wonderful initiatives and by engaging with the next generation. Creative Young Weavers is a really interactive way for local children in Babergh to get stuck into learning new skills create something using recycled materials produced locally.