Environmental Education through Earth-based Arts, Traditions, and Technologies.
Himalayan Blackberry Weaving
Rubus armeniacus, or as we call it Himalayan Blackberry, is a plant that despite its common name is native to Armenia and North Iran. Over the period of European colonization of North America, this plant has become a serious invasive. Its rigorous growth and thorny vines makes it a pain to remove. Its sweet and delicious berries are eaten by many animals, thus spreading its seed quickly and efficiently. We are happy to say that we have found a use for this plant (other than eating the berries) that will encourage more of its removal: its strong and durable bark provide a great material for weaving! Here is a sampling of the kinds of things you can learn to weave at one of our Himalayan Blackberry Weaving classes:
Blackberry & Scotch Broom Coil Basket
Weave a small Coil basket from Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry.
Dates: Sunday, June 5th 2016 – 9am to 5pm
Weave a Himalayan Blackberry sun visor. This weave involves two separate styles of weaving: plaiting and twining.
Dates: Currently Not available
If you would like to request us to come teach Himalayan Blackberry Weaving at your school or with your club, send us a message: