Textiles and Puppets
This chapter describes textiles and puppets and their qualities, functions, and meanings in society. It aims to identify best practices for teaching textiles and puppets and create instructional resources for teaching textiles and puppets. Archeological excavations have uncovered some textiles in excellent condition because they were preserved in burial sites that protected them, in dry areas and in bogs. A soft sculpture is a three-dimensional artwork that has a soft consistency and is made from materials such as textiles and pliable plastics. Comprehensive puppet lessons will teach students about different cultures’ puppets and their histories. Textiles and puppets enable hands-on learning activities that engage students’ minds, bodies, and emotions. Teachers will teach students how to plan all aspects of their puppet performances and discuss the importance of all participants contributing to the group’s efforts. Professional artists use sewing to make quilts, puppets, and handmade books.