This Sunday, January 25, marks the opening celebration of what looks to be an exciting exhibit at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery in the School of Human Ecology at UW Madison.
Woven Gardens of Hope
3:30 – 4:30 pm – ARZU Studio Hope, Empowering Women Through Their Carpets
Lecture by Connie Duckworth, Founder and CEO of ARZU
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Delicacies by Kabul Restaurant
Most of us only know Afghanistan through the news images of strife and social breakdown that we've seen. In contrast, this exhibition looks at the area’s rich textile traditions that have contributed to our global culture for centuries.
This artisanal tradition will be shown via historic carpets from private collections, objects from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and carpets by Afghan women participating in ARZU Hope Studio. Through their weaving, the women achieve entrepreneurial success and community sustainability.
According to the ARZU website, to be a registered ARZU weaver and receive fair labor wages and bonus payments, families must agree to send all of their children under age 15 to school full-time and to have women in the household attend literacy classes.
More details about related events and gallery days and times can be found at the Design Gallery here.
The ARZU website is filled with information, moving images of Afghan women and gorgorgeous carpets. It's well worth a visit. Both pictures here are from the ARZU site.