Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room

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Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room

Time: February 24, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham
Street: Lordship Lane, Tottenham
City/Town: Tottenham
Website or Map: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/br…
Phone: 020 8808 8772
Event Type: local, history, talk
Event Added By: Deborah Hedgecock
Latest Activity: Feb 6, 2016

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What was a Dorcas Society? Rose Sinclair, Lecturer and author of Textiles at Goldsmith's, University of London, will tell us more .......Founded by upper class women in churches in the 19th century to help make clothes for poor people, or to support women to become self-sufficient through the skill of working with a needle. During the 1950s and 1960s, Caribbean women in London would meet in their Front Rooms. The Clubs and Societies were a support network, where textiles formed the link.

This talk discusses the hidden histories of Dorcas Societies in London and around Haringey. Rose Sinclair considers the textiles created by the Caribbean women of the 1950s and 1960s and their contribution to a British textiles aesthetic, through the ‘gift’ of textiles.

Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available.

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