This is such a wonderful project unifying women around the world – Kirstie Macleod from Somerset, England started The Red Dress project to help marginalised women tell their stories through embroidery.
|The finished object
c/0 The Red Dress
As she says in her introduction … her dress embroidery project has globally connected 244 embroiderers (239 women and 5 men), their families and their communities from 28 different countries by adding an image onto the dress that represents themselves and their culture.
During twelve years (2009 – 2021) pieces of burgundy silk dupioni have travelled the globe to be embroidered with cultural stories …
- Women refugees from Palestine;
- Victims of war in Kosovo, Rwanda, and DR Congo;
- Impoverished women in South Africa, Mexico and Egypt;
- Women in Kenya, Japan, Paris, Sweden, Peru, Czech Republic, Dubai, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Tobago, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Wales, Colombia, and the UK, as well as
- Upmarket embroidery studios in India and Saudi Arabia
It is quite stunning … and I would ask that you look at the video twelve minutes of pure indulgence for us to luxuriate in – and wonder at:
- their stories,
- their skill …
- and to see the dress in all its glory – in the individual's homeland …
- and now it is being exhibited in various galleries and museums worldwide …
Each embroiderer has been able to have more positive lives, and have helped others in their villages or camps enhance theirs too … improve their lot, teach others to use their talents, and tell their stories with thread.
Just look at the beauty … this artistic platform has really opened doors for these marginalised people to rebuild their lives.
Kindly commenters, readers – please look at the video and marvel … I exhort you to!!
|Hilaria in Mexico - one of the talented
embroiderers c/o the video
The Red Dress will embrace you – draw you in, let you wonder at its beauty. An artistic project to be sure …
This has to be a perfect example of the We are the World Blogfest mantra:
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The Red Dress Project has completely transformed their lives … they can afford to feed themselves, earn a decent and consistent living …
This has a two minute video - to give you an idea ... but the twelve minute one is superb.
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