Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Textile Details

'The Tree of Life', by Women to Women for Peace. (Photo: Rory McCarron)
'The Tree of Life', by Women to Women for Peace. (Photo: Rory McCarron)


Title of Textile:The Tree of Life
Maker: Women to Women for Peace
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2010
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Materials: A mixture of natural and synthetic fabrics
Type of Textile: Quilt

Women to Women for Peace (formerly Mothers for Peace, 1981-2011) is a network of women whose work is about bridge-building between people from countries which have contrasting and often conflicting, political, philosophical, cultural and religious approaches.

Believing that trust and understanding are fundamental conditions for peace and disarmament this group develops friendships across cultural divides. They question war as a means of resolving conflict and have helped to develop conflict resolution training in workshops shared with women from other countries.

In 2011 they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The Tree of Life quilt, made in 2010, with women from the Muslim community, coincided with their 30th anniversary celebrations. It was chosen as a cross cultural symbol, relevant to many faiths and cultures. The roots bear the birth place of each person involved in the project. Leaves, seeds and fruits, all symbolic in different ways, make up the leafy body of the tree. The four corner symbols are drawn from Islamic and Christian traditions.

Owner: Women to Women for Peace
Location: England
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Rory McCarron

Textile exhibited at: The Tree of Life, 7/12/2011 - 28/02/2012
Conflict, Peace: Our journey, our future, 14/09/2020 - 31/10/2020

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