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Creating sustainable textile futures for women: Digitizing Cordillera weaving tradition (CSTFW) project Evaluation Report March 2019

Kelly, Rachel and Kettle, Alice and Stephens, Michelle (2019) Creating sustainable textile futures for women: Digitizing Cordillera weaving tradition (CSTFW) project Evaluation Report March 2019. Project Report. Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Executive Summary Introduction This Evaluation Report has been prepared to evaluate the success of The Creating Sustainable Textile Futures for Women: Digitizing Cordillera Weaving Tradition (CSTFW) project undertaken 2018-19 with the support of a Crafting Futures British Council / Crafts Council Grant awarded October 2018. This evaluation report will outline the aims and objectives of the project, the research design and research methods undertaken. The report will detail the limitations and advantages of the project design and present the project findings to support the development of a Learning Tool Kit. The report evaluation will focus on the qualitative analysis of our observational data, which was recorded via field notes, digital photographs, film, sound and via the project activities which have taken place to date as a result of one Field Research Visit undertaken by Rachel Kelly and Michelle Stephens in January 2019. Project Background The CSTFW project aims to investigate the loss of cultural weave heritage within the Cordillera Region in Northern Luzon area of The Philippines. It has been identified by Professor Salvador-Amores of The Cordillera Textiles Project (CordiTex) established by The University of Philippines, that while Cordilleran weaving has the status of National Heritage within The Philippines, the numbers of weavers able to practice is dwindling (CordiTex 2018). For the CSTFW project, the CordiTex team have partnered with a team from Manchester School of Art (MsoA) at Manchester Metropolitan University led by Professor Alice Kettle, Rachel Kelly and Michelle Stephens. The partnership has been established as a result of the successful award to the CSTFW project of the Crafting Futures British Council/Crafts Council Grant 2018-19. The partnership has enabled the two teams to share knowledge, literature, research findings, textile artefacts, weaving knowledge, networks of contacts, access to weave communities, digital loom facilities and prior research experiences. The results of this collaboration has been the successful undertaking of the project in order to develop a long-term change process within the identified project context. The grant awarded, enabled Rachel Kelly & Michelle Stephens to travel to the Philippines to undertake field research, field workshops and to deliver a one-day multi stakeholder Learning Tool Kit Development workshop at The University of Philippines in Baguio.

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