For Our African Sisters
- Item Number
- Estimated Value
- $300 USD
- $405 USD to tc65430e5
- Number of Bids
- 14 - Bid History
Embroidered cotton, improvisational piecing, reused shuka cloth
34" Wide x 57 High
Quilter | The Salama Mamas
This block was embroidered by a survivor of gender-based violence (GBV) in the African Country of Mali. It describes life in her village before she was attacked and expelled during conflict.
The quilt is the sole African contribution to Sister Artists. It was made by artists who are?like their Malian sisters?under pressure. Robina, Lydia and Hanna, seen in the photo, are among five Kenyan Salama Mamas (?Rest and Peace?) who make and sell embroidered products in Nairobi.
The Mamas offered their quilt to Sister Artists as a statement of solidarity with Malian sisters and African women generally. Coming from an under-served community themselves, they know all about gender-based violence. Their quilt shows Kenya at the heart of Africa to demonstrate the pride they feel in being Kenyan, and draws on their patented method. They cut up left-over fabric from one of their old products to make over a thousand tiny pieces and then laboriously attached the pieces, starting at the outside and working in. The backing is from old Maasai blankets made from shuka cloth.
All proceeds from this auction will be invested in a quilting project for GBV survivors in Mali. To donate visit our home page - www.advocacynet.org.
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