February 27, 2016 at Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley.
Cultures from all over the world have used plant fiber to craft woven shoes. The examples of them range from basic plaiting designs to boots of complex construction. Many different versions were made right here in California. Edward is working to revive this lost art using research based on museum specimens and his knowledge of California traditional weaving techniques. In this workshop Edward will teach how to weave a pair of basic tule sandals, and each student will begin weaving their own pair. An assortment of weaving techniques will be presented. Information will be shared on how to make the more complex versions. Tule (Schoenoplectus acutus and S. californicus) is a large reed native to California. It grows along water edges. It was the main material used here to make sandals. All aspects of process will be taught including native land management systems, cultivation, and processing. Participants will need a sharp knife, garden clippers, and a large bowl.