NEAMT ALKADRI & THURAYO ALSADISYRIA / 2022
SECTION OF DRESS: Syrian Motifs
Expressions of beauty from home
During the exhibition at ACE Arts in Somerton, January 2022 Kirstie hosted a viewing of the Red Dress to 3 remarkable women (and their youngest children) from Damascus in Syria.
Neamt & Ayat Alkadri and Thurayo Alsadi came to the UK with their families in April 2018 as refugees as a result of the ongoing civil war - via a refugee camp in Lebanon.
Supported initially by UNHCR they were settled in Bridgewater, and the families have now integrated into their community although it has of course been very difficult - helped by how quickly their children settled into the English primary schools, they now totally fluent in English with no accent.
After showing the ladies the Red Dress, Neamt stitched a beautiful Jasmine flower onto the skirt. Her choice of placement was next to ‘Birds of Peace’ created by Kosovar refugees Faride & Fatime Hallil in 2018.
Thurayo then asked to take a little of the fabric home so she could embroiderer a motif with more time. Over the following days Thurayo created a very colourful and sparkly addition of her country’s name, which Kirstie later added into the Red Dress.
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