Embroidery session, screen-printed cloth, and publication.

Initially intended to provide background information for an exhibition in the making, my research into 18th to 19th century Aegean island textiles quickly became an end in itself. In an attempt to understand the embroideries' rich and intricate language (and its many dialects), I took a black marker and began tracing the motifs. This direct and intimate form of tracing the digitized remains of the embroideries made me feel surprisingly connected with their makers. At the same time, I was becoming more and more aware that socio–economic and technological developments, as well as early 20th century ideas about anthropology and preserving heritage, have left a strong mark on what is left of these textiles today.

In the end, my research doesn't give a comprehensive account of the craft or the conditions it thrived in, but instead it is “simply” an attempt to care for these textiles and the women who embroidered them so carefully.

The embroidery session took place in the context of 'Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity' International Fashion Conference, at the municipality building in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on July 1, 2022.

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