Weaving Stories

Weaving is one of the earliest art forms known to humanity. Civilizations across time and across geography have developed different types of woven art that reflect the available technology as well as the needs and imaginations of the community and its individual members. Geronaldo Vieira is a 54-year-old resident of Boqueirao, Paraiba, Brazil, who uses a hand loom to produce hammocks and rugs. Only a few years ago, there were 50 weaving families in the region; today, only six remain. Weaving Stories offers a portrait of Vieira and of the transformations in the culture and manufacture of hammocks, a form of weaving changed by the passage of time and the emergence of new technologies.