Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths Design will hold a free talk on Dorcas societies on Wednesday, 24 February, at Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey: “Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room”.
The talk will focus on the work of Dorcas societies around the Haringey area and it will use archival material as well as discuss the influence of the networks of Caribbean women and their textiles:
Often founded by upper class women in churches in the 19th century, Dorcas Societies were initially begun to help make clothes for poor people, or to support women to become self-sufficient through the skill of working with a needle. During the 1950s and 1960s, Caribbean women in London would meet in their front rooms. The Clubs and Societies were a support network, where textiles formed the link.
The event will take place in the Lecture Hall at Bruce Castle starting 7 30 pm (doors open at 7).