Featured Artist: Karen Weaving Circle

The Featured Artist in Arts Roseville’s ongoing series for the month of September is the Karen Weaving Circle. See the weavers on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. The Karen people are an indigenous ethnic minority from Burma and Thailand who have been persecuted by the Burmese military government for over 60 years. More than 17,000 Karen and other refugees from Burma now live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the United States. 

Karen people from Burma are known for their centuries-old tradition of weaving textiles using cotton thread and backstrap looms. The Karen Weaving Circle grew from a group of refugee women from Burma who wanted to continue their weaving traditions in Minnesota and pass their knowledge to first-generation youth. Weaving Circle members meet weekly at the East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul to weave together. They also teach classes for Karen youth, and sell textiles and demonstrate their craft at local events. This event is free and open to all.

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