Founded in the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburb of Roseville, Minnesota, the Karen Weaving Circle is made up of resettled Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand living in the Twin Cities area. The group's participants meet weekly to weave and socialize, and they work on their elaborate weaving projects within their homes as well. Throughout the year, the women participate in a number of local arts and crafts festivals where they sell handmade woven products such as handbags, shirts, sarongs, dresses, scarves, and table runners. To preserve the Karen community's weaving skills and pass it down to the next generation, the women teach classes to refugee youth at local high schools.
All photos courtesy of KOM