A unique textile arts project bringing together people of diverse cultural backgrounds to create richly layered community tent celebrating peaceful coexistance and harmony.
Threadz – Textiles for Peace
extiles for Peace is a multicultural community textile project. It was inspired by an awareness of the many different textile traditions that exist within Oxford’s diverse population. Also by a concern about the increased fear and tension in communities following 9/11/01 and of the need for people of different cultures and religions to get to know and understand eachother.
This was Textiles for Peace’s first project. They write: We decided to launch our group by making a tent which, as a shelter for all, would symbolise our wish for all people to live together in peace and harmony. From late February 2003, groups of women learnt many different textile techniques at regular workshops held at Fusion in East Oxford. Most of the tutors were members of the group with specialist skills. At first we practised our skills on small panels. We then graduated to large panels, each co-ordinated by a textile artist and which formed the main body of the tent, lining it inside and outside. A group of women in Banbury also held regular workshops and contributed two very large and beautifully worked panels.