Thursday, 25 November 2021

We are the World Blogfest # 53 – The Red Dress Project …

 

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 …


Embroiderers include:

  • 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:


We are the World Blogfest

In Darkness, Be Light


The Red Dress Project has completely transformed their lives … they can afford to feed themselves, earn a decent and consistent living …


Enjoy the video!


The BBC Dress Embroidery Project unifies women around the world.

This has a two minute video - to give you an idea ... but the twelve minute one is superb.



Hilary Melton-Butcher

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31 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. I am moved to tears and so grateful for the people who continue to shine light into dark places and corners. Which includes you.

Liz A. said...

Wow. Amazing.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

This is such an amazing story, Hilary, and so uplifting . Miriam and I just watched this together and we are both very moved by it. If I am completely honest I am left somewhat uneasy, a little ashamed even, to ponder that the conditions these women find themselves in is the result of action by men. It always is. Thank goodness they have received a helping hand and have been able to lift themselves up. It strikes me again, that your blog is really what blogging should be about. You bring us so much challenging material and I am truly grateful. With love from Canada. David

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Another wow post

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
This barely requires words - just to be shared far and wide! Thank you for bringing it to us - I shall be sharing it further... YAM xx

Nick Wilford said...

What a great multicultural project.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ EC - thanks so much ... recently I've seen a great many #WATWB ideas - but this rose to the front for this month's entry ... Kirstie Macleod's Red Dress Project is quite extraordinary ... and I don't think I'll forget it ...

@ Liz - thank you ... it's a wonderful story.

@ David - I'm so pleased you and Miriam enjoyed watching the video together - I know I'll be back to watching it often. I'm sure Miriam with her sewing skills has appreciated their abilities.

Yes it is sad and awful that when women are struggling the reason is so often that men haven't been supportive and encouraging - and regrettably too often cruel.

You are really very kind - I'm just so happy to read it ... and pleased that I didn't settle on 'a subject' ... so my mind can wander and post whatever I feel like, when it inspires me ... and I know blogging friends enjoy the 'different stories' I post.

@ Jo-Anne - thank you

@ Yam - great idea ... thank you - I just don't do FB, Twitter or else - so any sharing gratefully accepted by me and all women ...

@ Nick - it is inspiring isn't it ... great to see you here ...

Cheers and thanks to you all for visiting - 50% of the world needs to be recognised and respected at all times - some of us are, but many (most) aren't even in this day and age. All the best - while it's wonderful to know women are being offered a way to help themselves. Hilary

Inger said...

This is wonderful in so many ways. And David's comment above truly touched my heart. Thank you, Hilary, for always finding the important stories and creating this amazing blog.

retirementreflections said...

I continue to learn so much through your blog, Hilary.
Thank you for sharing this uplifting story and video.

Jacqui Murray said...

What an amazing project. The video really brought it to life.

Susan Scott said...

How wonderful Hilary, thank you and so beautiful! I've only watched the short one, 2 mins - will watch the longer one later! A lovely and inspiring post for the #WATWB, women united, stitching together ...

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

What a wonderful idea, expressing and learning through embroidery, hugs...

Dan said...

This is a wonderful project. Things (people) like this are inspiring.

D.G. Kaye said...

A most beautiful thing Hilary and a lovely share. I so enjoyed watching the video and the beautiful stories told about what's embroidered in the dress. <3

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Inger - thanks so much ... I just loved it - and so thought 'everyone' would love to see the videos and understand the enormity of the project - yes, David's comment is very pertinent.

@ Donna - so appreciate your thoughts ... I'm just grateful you and other commenters appreciate the posts ... and this one I particularly liked - especially after David's comments ...

@ Jacqui - yes - the video really does bring all the participating women in their home countries to the fore - highlighting their lives.

@ Susan - great to see you ... you'll so love the longer one - it is just amazing to see all these ladies improving their own lives and those in the community in 28 countries ...

@ Carole - excellent to see you back blogging again - and I so agree with you re the concept of this amazing project ...

@ Dan - thank you ... I'm inspired every time I think about The Red Dress ... so it's great to see you agree with us (women!) ...

@ Debby - the messages within the dress are fascinating to see ... and I must watch again to take note ... excellent to see your comment ..,

Wonderful to see you all here - thanks for your visits - All the best - Hilary

Keith's Ramblings said...

Simply amazing, I'm almost lost for words. Thank you for sharing this with us Hilary.

Sandra Cox said...

What a beautiful project and idea.
Thanks for sharing, Hils. Hope your day is serene.

Nas said...

Hi Hilary,

This is such an inspiring thing to do. Lovely of you to highlight them.

BWitzenhausen said...

Such a beautiful and meaningful post! Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! Hope you have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Keith - excellent to see your comment ... it's just brilliant - I love it ...

@ Sandra - it is quite beautiful isn't it ... and such an incredible project ...

@ Nas - thanks - just felt it was a completely different, but such a worthwhile, post for #WATWB ...

@ Belinda - great ... and the #WATWB is such a worthwhile blogfest to be involved with ... we need to enlighten as many lives as possible ...

Thanks for your visits and comments - always lovely to see you - cheers Hilary

Susan B.Rouchard said...

Thank you Hilary for this. What a beautiful and loving project and a stunning dress. take care.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Absolutely beautiful and such an inspiring project! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Joanne said...

I am late to watch and comment, but that is a wow! Thank you for posting this.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Susan - great to see you ... and thanks so much - I just loved this project - it amazed me ...

@ Elizabeth - I thought you and others would love the idea of this ... so am delighted you enjoyed me sharing it with you ...

@ Joanne - not late - it was Thanksgiving weekend ... but I so agree, I had to post immediately I found it ... and it is a 'wow' ...

Cheers to you three - all the best - Hilary

Sandra Cox said...

I watched the video and sent the link to my daughter. Very moving.
Thanks for sharing.

Karen Lange said...

Oh my, what an exquisite gown! Such a noble cause and undertaking by so many - and an impressive feat, for sure. Thank you for highlighting this, Hilary.

Hope this finds you doing well. Missed seeing you so wanted to stop by to say hello. :) May your holiday season be rich with abundant blessings!

Yolanda Renée said...

So beautiful, and what a wonderful cause! Amazing work!

Wishing you a lovely holiday season!

cleemckenzie said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What an inspiring project this was to read about. I remember the quilt that came together with contributions from around the world, but this is even more dramatic.

I loved and appreciated the video.

diedre Knight said...

A most fascinating project, Hilary! The dress is stunningly beautiful, created with such pride. There was such a humbled reverence in the countenance of the Chiapas women I was nearly moved to tears. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this – I’ll never forget it.

Sandra Cox said...

Happy December 1:)

Debbie D. said...

What a unique and beautiful endeavour to help disadvantaged women all over the world! Thank you for sharing this, Hilary. I had not heard of it until now.