Women’s Weaving Collective Project, Geraki, Laconia

The Centers at UCLA and SFU are initiating an important collaboration with the Women’s Weaving Collective in Geraki, Laconia, helping the Cultural Committee of Geraki and weavers in the town to catalog their historical woven textiles and identify local plants that were used for dyes. Beyond this, we are investigating ancient and medieval weaving practices in this settlement, where hundreds of loom weights have been uncovered in local excavations. We hope to introduce patterns for weaving drawn from the exceptional ornamental repertoire found in Byzantine churches in Geraki.