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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Llama to Loom, indigo pot part of this year'

  • Chillicothe's Chautauqua in the Park is Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 9, in Simpson Park.
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  • Chillicothe's Chautauqua in the Park is Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 9, in Simpson Park.
    Among the many features of the popular event is the Traditional Arts area.
    If you haven't discovered this area in the past as you explored Chautauqua, ask someone to direct you,
    Visitors will be in for a pleasant surprise in a place where artisans adapt traditional arts to modern times with many twists and turns.
    "Wind your way through this happy group doing what they love and sharing their stories of how it all started," says Zelma Cleaveland, who coordinates the area each year.
    This year, the traditional arts area will feature "Llama to Loom" by taking llama fiber to yarn and, finally, into a woven scarf. Last year's shawl was raffled off at the Fiber Retreat for scholarships to that event, and the group plans to do the same for this shawl, unless someone would like to buy it as it emerges from the loom this year. The money will be donated to the Fiber Retreat Scholarship Fund.
    "Seeing the preparation and the work that goes into the creation will likely make you appreciate the skill and time it takes to make anything totally by hand," Cleaveland said.
    The traditional arts area will also have an Indigo pot on Saturday and will announce from the stage when the pot is ready to show its "magic."
    "Indigo has been used for years for dying purposes, but watching it is really a thrill every time as one color emerges from the bubbling green water and changes as it reacts to the air," Cleaveland said.
    The broommaker, a popular attraction in years past, will not be at this year's Chautauqua , but Cleaveland said the area continuously adds features that will be new to many people.
    One attraction this year will be the "cranky sock maker."
    "This once-popular endeavor to create socks for soldiers is back for more creative work," she said. "Guys will love the machinery and the gals will love the creations. And, that's just the beginning of our traditional arts stories."
    Cleaveland said that the traditional arts area is a great place to explore, learn, share stories, reminisce or maybe pick up something interesting as a gift.
    "There are always opportunities for hands-on experiences that you may want to try more at a later time," she said.

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