Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Labrador Rug Hooking - An Interview with Alice Moores

On Thursday, June 19th, I gave an introductory workshop on Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Community Centre in L'Anse au Loup, Labrador. The workshop was organized in part by Smart Labrador, and was the first in what I hope will be a series of introductory ICH workshops for the province.

As part of the workshop, I conducted a demonstration interview with local artisan Alice Moores, a rug hooker from Red Bay, Labrador. The goal of the interview was to give people an idea of how to set up and conduct an interview, but also to give something of an insight into intangible cultural heritage from the viewpoint of a practitioner.

Traditional rug hooking is a craft where rugs or mats are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, called "brin" in Newfoundland and Labrador.

You can download the entire interview as an MP3, or visit to listen to a streaming audio version.
Photos were taken of the interview process as well.

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