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New York Textile Month: “Threads: Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch” Film Screening
September 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us for a screening of the documentary film Threads, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Cathy Stevaluk and FIT alumna Yasmine Dabbous.
Threads tells the story of how Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, transforms the ancient Bengali quilting tradition of kantha to help revive it, and creates internationally recognized art. Using her storytelling designs, she teaches other women to embroider elaborate wall hangings. They rise from the despair of poverty to support their families, leaving a legacy of beauty and sustainable livelihoods for generations to come.
Surayia Rahman’s designs, stitched by artisans in Bangladesh, have been gifted to world leaders and are also in the permanent collections of the Royal Collection Trust in the United Kingdom, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), and Powerhouse Museum in Australia.
This event is free and open to the public; register here.