2019 Annual Meeting – Washington, DC June 20 – 23

“Women & Textiles: A Path to Peace”

WARP’s 2019 Annual meeting will be at the Georgetown University Conference Center in Washington, DC, June 20 – June 23. You can view our meeting agenda below. For registration details, and to sign up, please visit our registration page.

We have both Scholarships and Assistantships available for this year’s meeting. For information on the two financial assistance programs, and for details on how to apply, please visit our Scholarship Page.

Thursday evening June 20th We open with our annual Welcome Circle

Friday we’ll visit the Textile Museum and have a private Meet the Curator event; as well an afternoon free to visit other museums with fellow WARP members. In the evening we have interactive textile activities and socializing planned.

  • Chapuchi “Bobbo” Ahiagble will bring 2 African looms for Kente Weaving.He is the only Ewe Kente Weaver in the DC area.
  • Cynthia Alberto, founder of the Brooklyn-based healing arts studio Weaving Hand, will be bringing a special interactive loom for WARP members to experience and use together.
  • Laura Lemunyete: An advocate for women’s improved livelihood in Northern Kenya, Laura is a powerful force behind the revival of traditional doum palm baskets.  She will demonstrate this basketry technique on Friday evening, and we will also hear her speak about her work in Kenya during Saturday’s program.
  • Marcos Brown and Kalindi Attar, founders of Khadi Oaxaca, will be sharing the process of hand spinning cotton thread.  Inspired by the life and vision of Mahatma Gandhi, they work with more than 250 families working to revive local traditions in Oaxaca, Mexico. The cotton is ecologically grown on the coast of Oaxaca. In the mountains it is carded, spun, woven and embroidered by hand, using only natural, local plant dyes. All income received is invested in fostering self-sufficiency and a sustainable economy in the indigenous communities where they live.
  • Lisa Raye Garlock is Assistant Professor at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program. She also works with the international non-profit, Common Threads Project, co-training therapists in using story cloths, along with other interventions to help women recover from the trauma of gender-based violence. Her recent sabbatical project was creating the Storycloth Database, an online resource that highlights collections of story cloths that focus on human rights issues. She was also able to focus on her own story cloth work, creating a series of cloths relating to the current immigration issues here in the US. 

Saturday will include our WARP business meeting, scholarship presentations, and presentations on our theme Women & Textiles: A Path to Peace. Our confirmed speakers are:

  • Yasmine Dabbous, PhD, is a Beirut-born visual culture artist and researcher. Formerly a journalism and cultural studies scholar, Dabbous founded Kinship Stories, a line of tribal art necklaces revolving around values, stories and craftsmanship.
  • Laura Lemunyete, born and raised in Wisconsin, has been living in Kenya since 1994, working primarily with women’s groups on livelihood enhancement projects that range from camel management and water source development to children’s education support and income generation activities. She has been working with, and a member of, the Ngurunit Basket Weaver’s Cooperative Society for almost 20 years assisting the group to develop and market their product.
  • Elka M. Stevens, PhD, teaches in the Department of Art at Howard University. In addition to teaching in both the United States and Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Stevens has worked as a fashion writer, a product development specialist for Aid to Artisans in Ghana and for the Ministry of Trade and Modernization of the Capital City, both in Accra, Ghana; a micro-enterprise trainer for the Peace Corps in Ghana; a technology trainer for the Ghana Tourism Capacity Development Initiative, a marketing project in Accra, Ghana and in numerous positions in the retail industry.

Saturday evening will include a reception and book signing featuring several new books by WARP members, a dinner together, and both live and silent auctions, as well as a screening of the film Threads, with a discussion led by producer Cathy Stevulak. Thrums Books will be rolling out 2 new publications at the reception that they are sponsoring – thank you, Thrums! The featured books will be:

  • A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala, Deborah Chandler, Published by Thrums Books
  • A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru and Bolivia, Cynthia LeCount Samaké, Published by Thrums Books
  • Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe, Deborah Brandon, Published by Schiffer Publishing

Our International Marketplace is open on Friday and Saturday, as is the Silent Auction.

Sunday morning we will have brunch and adjourn. Those with flexibility can easily spend another day in DC. Dumbarton Oaks, which has a great pre-Colombian collection, is only a ten minute walk from the Center.

We hope you will plan to join WARP in DC in 2019 – we will have a great time!

Master Weaver Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble
Threads Film
Conference Presenter Yasmine Dabbous
Textile Museum
Conference Presenter Laura Lemunyete







A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru and Bolivia, Cynthia LeCount Samaké
A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala, Deborah Chandler
Threads Around the World, Deborah Brandon