In Memoriam: Barbara Focke

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band woven by Barbara, TWIST member since 1999
band woven by Barbara, TWIST Member since 1999

There are so many things I could tell about my mother and her nice hobbies; it is difficult for me to do it in short words.

I find her woven bands everywhere, in her room, on her clothes, on her puppets (she was an active player for many years), on the front door key, still on her self-made loom, etc.

bands woven by Barbara, TWIST member since 1999
bands woven by Barbara, TWIST member since 1999

My mother Barbara Focke, born in 1930, started weaving in her vocational training. For some years she worked in the Handweberei Hohenhagen in Bremen. Her whole life she was active in handicrafts and when she joined the ‘Freiburger Brettchenweberinnen’ (Elisabeth Holzklau) in the 1990s a new era began. She read books and articles, she studied, she learned, she wove whenever she could. Her interest was especially in the history and archeology of tablet weaving and soon the whole family was infected. We looked for bands in every country (from Iceland to Persia), every museum, every collection, and every shop. It was fascinating for all of us and we will keep it in a nice memory.

Copyright © Karen Focke

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