Chandra Subba (left) and Pabitra Osti (middle) from the greater Akron Bhutanese Community demonstrated backstrap weaving in the warm, bright sun in front of The Market Path. Amber Subba, (right with Nilam Ghimmirey and Liz Kuhn) President of the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron, Inc., provided personal transportation for the weavers and assisted in setting up the demonstration. President Subba came to the Market Path to learn about the challenges the weavers face in creating and selling their work, and how to interact with customers. Most of all, he came to encourage the weavers.
Store manager, Dae Evans, invited Woven In Exile weavers because they make beautiful bags, and she wanted to share their story with other people, to connect people, and to raise awareness! She commented that she is aware that the standard of living is more expensive in the United States and that the prices on these bags may be higher than prices on bags made in other third-world countries, but that they are more than worth the asking price.
Francis Weng, a local landscape architect, conducted a workshop on how to insulate windows for winter weather. He donated his time and his Sunday Afternoon Garden Club contributed $100 towards the materials used for the demonstration. Francis explained how cold air comes in around windows in old houses, and he showed how cold air can be kept out using 3 ml. thick plastic sheeting and double-sided tape. He began by measuring the window.
Several people gathered at the home of Laxmi Kanta Nepal for the demonstration. Laxmi hoped to lower his heating bills by using the ideas Francis taught. Francis explained that infiltration of cold air from air leaks around doors and windows raises heating bills. So does poor insulation in the walls and ceiling. Simple weatherstripping like Francis taught can help reduce cold air drafts. He started by cleaning all the dust and debris from the window sills, then he attached double-strip tape all the way around the window. After that he the plastic to fit the window. Then the plastic sheet was attached to the double-stock tape. Bhim Dhungana and others watched as Francis demonstrated. Everyone was thankful for Francis' instruction.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.