This week we had a lovely time with BEAM. In the previous workshop, they asked for something crafty because they wanted to make goodbye gifts for each other, as it's the end of their studies together and most of them will be returning to Mae Sot. So, we came up with the idea to produce some bracelets or gifts to share made out of macrame, because we thought it's a nice technique to learn and easily apply to gifts.
We first watched a video, so everyone could see how macrame works, and we brought samples of a bunch of different patterns to try. Once students chose a pattern they liked, they really stuck to them and were determined to make something nice.
After a while we ALL got really into it! One of the guys who really struggled in the beginning self-taught ,and created a really beautiful product. It can be hard to get into the rhythm of the techniques, but in the end everyone got it and created a beautiful bracelet or keychain.
It was wonderful to sit together with all these nice students, who really became our friends in the last few weeks, and create something crafty while enjoying some music. This was a zen activity, which is definitely in line with ARI's mission to help our participants have…