Upcoming Events

Friends of Textiles Lecture Series

“Symbolism of Pattern in the Culture of the Bedouin” by Alfred Madain

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m.
Denius Student Center, Hartley Room
$10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and full-time Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

Alfred Madain will present an illustrated lecture that explores three essential aspects of Bedouin lifestyle - the Bedouin home and the role it plays in social structure; the fabrics, methods, and patterns of Bedouin weaving; and Bedouin dress with a look at the significance of embroidery and pattern and their connection to identity.

Alfred Madain was born and raised in Jordan and has traveled widely throughout the Arab/Islamic world. He is a professional social scientist and teaches the subject of Human Geography. A musician and ethnomusicologist, Alfred gives lectures on the lifestyle of the Bedouin, the Bedouin home, and music of the Arab and Islamic world. He has stayed with Bedouin people on his travels and will share detailed information on the Bedouin’s idea of honor, law, kinship, gender roles in the home, and hierarchy of social relationships.


Accommodations for the Friends of Textiles Lecture Series sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott-Melbourne West.

Media support provided in part by:


Kids’ Bead Embroidery Playshop
by Indian River Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc.

Saturday, April 29
10:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine, 2nd Floor
Cost: $5 Admission, For ages 9-14
Pre-registration required
All materials are included.

Join embroiderer Adrienne Meyer for a special playshop that’s just for kids!

After a guided tour of the exhibit, bring your inspiration to the workshop and create a beaded pin cushion embellished with a two-letter monogram or an abstract swirl. Learn the basics of bead embroidery with instructors from the Indian River Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America and take home your pin cushion along with a kit of materials so that you can stay creative at home.

Please pre-register by Friday, April 21 to textiles@fit.edu or (321)674-6129.
Please note that registration fills up very quickly!