Before the industrial revolution, knowing how to weave meant knowing how to stay warm. Today most every textile – from the sheets on your bed to the shirt on your back – was made using a mechanized weaving process. For many civilizations, the art of weaving meant more than just keeping warm. The Navajo were well known for their distinct weaving styles and designs, having acquired skills through experimentation and handing down what they’d learned through the generations.
The process of weaving can be meditative, and it’s a great way to keep hands busy. Try talking about traditional weaving practices while weaving your own textile. More on curriculum connectors here.