Traces of SisterhoodPOLAND & UKRAINE | 2022
SECTION OF DRESS: Individual motifs
The Red Dress was invited to be a part of an exhibition titled ‘Traces of Sisterhood’ in Galeria Salon Akademii in Warsaw, an exhibition showing the work of female artists from around the world engaged in social justice and feminine empowerment.
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to connect with a group of 7 female refugees from Ukraine during the exhibition. 6 months since Russia invaded their country, the women had fled Ukraine and were looking to begin new lives in Warsaw.
From different parts of the country most of the women met for the first time today. With the help of a translator, I began by sharing the Red Dress’s story and many of the artisans’ embroideries and backgrounds. The women were instantly excited and connected to the work and although a little nervous were keen to add their own voices to the cloth.
They quickly decided they would all like to stitch in yellow. A colour to remind them of happiness, joy and light, none wanted any dark shades in their motifs at all.
The group also spent time singing together as they stitched. I was told recounting songs from their homeland has become a powerful means of Ukrainian people uplifting each other and sharing in solidarity.
A lady then walked into the gallery, having heard the beautiful songs from the street. Also from Ukraine she was moved to hear the sounds, and once she learnt about the project sat down with us and began her own embroidery!
If you would like to learn more about the Traces of Sisterhood exhibition, please see the website: http://tractsnetwork.online/2022/08/19/traces-of-sisterhood-exhibition/