This spring Bard Graduate Center is partnering with Textile Arts Center to run monthly hands-on workshops for adults that respond to our two exhibitions, Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles and The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity. Backstrap weaving is an ancient weaving technique in which the weaver’s body becomes part of the loom. In this workshop, students will learn the basics of backstrap weaving, including how to set up and weave on their own backstrap loom.


Other Workshops in this Series:

April 21

3–6 pm

Introduction to Embroidery


May 16

6–9 pm

Introduction to Bookbinding


June 16

3–6 pm

Introduction Bead Weaving


Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. TAC aspires to unite the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven — common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.


Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.