Ille Rosenberg(initiated by Meeli Virkus) ESTONIA / 2022
SECTION OF DRESS: Muhu Tikand
“Everything that reminds you of home”.
This is my little story to explain why I wanted to be a little part of the beautiful project. I saw The Red Dress first time at Zigzag building and read about stories that came with pieces of embroidered parts of it...I understood that this is not just a dress but very special one with sad and good stories about life of women all around the world, women who try to cope and sometimes even to survive through handcrafts...I felt myself as a part of these stories because I was far away from my home and handcrafting helped to get some balance of being homesick and happy to be with my grandchildren.
I found beautiful ladies who were so nice and shared my passion for knitting. I find that crafty people are very friendly and helpful everywhere it doesn’t matter from where they are. Then I thought about Estonian women who could survive hard times in Siberia where Soviet Government sent lot of families, men were separated from others and sent to work quarries and woods, only few survived these conditions but women had to feed kids and they did it mostly because they had good skills handcrafting and sewing so they could sell items...nowadays it brings together Estonian women again from all over the world via FB because we have a group in FB and it looks that we love handcrafting...I think it would be great to be a part of this project and I feel that Earth is small place and it’s wonderful to be in family of women all over the world.
I asked my friend to embroider a little piece of MUHU TIKAND and it tells about nature around you every day you can see: plants, flowers, butterflies strawberries...everything that reminds you home. I wanted to try to embroider it on the dress but then COVID virus happened and I had to leave UK...
ILLE ROSENBERG is my friend who made this little picture and she said that she feels it’s not good enough to display on the dress and I explained it is not only about perfect embroidery it has much much bigger meaning...
My name is Meeli Virkus and my feelings are described at the beginning and I think about all these young women’s stories....
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