Thursday, 23 March 2023

Textile Details

'A Quilt for the world', by Workshop
'A Quilt for the world', by Workshop "Art of Survival", Women in One World. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:A Quilt for the World
Maker: Workshop "Art of Survival", Women in One World
Country of Origin: Germany
Year Produced: 1995
Size (cm): 3.30m (w) x 2.80m (l)
Materials: Individual panels made from scraps of fabric, hand and machine sewn onto fabric backing
Type of Textile: Quilt

This quilt was designed and created by a group of women from 35 countries, spanning all continents, who met at a conference "The Art of Survival" in Nuremberg/Germany in 1995. This quilt, which they created: "to present to all women in this one world our many views, experiences and concerns", was first exhibited at the 4th UN Women's World Conference in Beijing, 1995.

It is rich with symbolism, the symbol of hands reflecting solidarity, friendship and caring. Among the other symbols is the volcano, whose eruption and power stands for the explosion of women's ideas and struggles for their rights. The sun symbolises its life giving power. The cross is where some women have placed their burdens.

The positive dedication by the makers states: "We extend our hands to our sisters across the globe. Together we can fight for a social order free from all forms of exploitation and oppression, a world where there is solidarity, freedom, dignity and equality for all."

Owner: Women in One World / Frauen in der Einen Welt e.V
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts, 8/03/2008 - 19/04/2008
A Quilt for the World, 1/07/2008 - 29/08/2008
Arpilleras / Quilts that cry out, challenge and question, 12/11/2008 - 14/11/2008

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