I went to the Bata Shoe Museum this week. They had an exhibit on socks.
|Northern Afghanistan, late 19th century|
My art piece below was made incorporating a hand embroidered square made by Farida from Laghmani, Afghanistan, a farming village north of Kabul. It is the 8 cm square on the far right.
|Farida's Garden, detail, 15 inches x 10 inches|
By selling their embroidery work, the women contribute substantially to the maintenance of their family. In 2008, there were more than 200 embroiderers creating these squares.
The DAI (Deutsch-Afghanische Initiative) started the idea of buying these squares and selling them in Europe to be integrated into textile work. Fourteen European countries recently participated in a DAI international project. The participants' textile works were voted on by the countries' public. The top pieces from each participating country were chosen to be part of a big exhibit of 220 pieces.
My piece was one of 12 selected to represent Italy. It has been touring Europe for the last year and will be part of a smaller selection of 100 pieces extracted from the large exhibit to be seen during Verona Tessile, March 8 to 13, 2011.