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Tootia workshop and stories

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Come and share stories and learn about different cultures in your community.

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Tootia (plural) were originally made from coconut halves covered in bright vibrant material, beads and cowrie shells. Traditionally they were made by the bride’s sisters and friends. Even though aunties and bebe (grans) got involved too and there was much competition to make the fanciest tootie (singular). Each tootie is tied to the bride’s wedding bangles and the knot symbolises the strong bond between them. The tootia reminded the bride of the family and friends she left behind when she got married and conveyed their good wishes for her future. 

For this workshop, you are invited to bring along leftover sarees and salwar kameez textiles, sequins and beads and your mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters to make a tootie together.  

This is an opportunity for those who worked in garment factories or from home to share their memories of working in the fashion trade. Come and share stories and learn about different cultures in your community. Writers will capture stories at this event. 

Dress code: To celebrate Indian textiles please wear salwaar kameez (where possible) 

This workshop is part of a series of workshops capturing the history of Indian fashion and textiles run by the British Art Show 9 https://britishartshow9.co.uk/ 

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This popular event is now entering its fifth year and thanks to funding from Arts Council England it is now a regular feature on the city’s calendar.

While this year we are having to do things differently we still have a great variety of entertainment lined up for the three-day festival with over 35 different events.

Visitors will be able to listen to talks, watch performances and take part in practical workshops. All events have been organised with safety in mind.

We will be monitouring Government guidance carefully and will inform you of any changes to events.

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