Centennial Fabric Collage Initiative
Each of our National Associations will be submitting a fabric square that is unique to their country. These will be joined together to form part of a fabric collage as a symbol of the unity in our diversity. Each designed fabric will have a special place in this harmony of diverse colours and patterns. The final centennial collage will be shown at our centennial meeting in New York and will be on display at the Legacy Center: Archives & Special Collections Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia after the congress.
1. FABRIC SQUARE FROM NEW ZEALAND
It is woven and designed by Esther Nitschke of Fielding, a spinner and weaver of 55 years. Esther has attended 47 Festivals and in 1994 she was awarded an M.B.E. for services to Weaving in New Zealand as exhibitor, Judge and Organizer.
The two fabrics in this banner are hand woven pieces woven from Cottaline & Silk, for the trouser and jacket garments for the Fashion Parade celebrating 50 years of the Creative Fibre Festival in Palmerston North, 2019. It shows a stylized Fern, the New Zealand National Emblem.
2. FABRIC SQUARE FROM MALI
The Network of Women Doctors of Mali (RFM) shared with us this fabric square submission which is made of cotton, and is woven traditionally in the whole country.
More information can be found here.
3. FABRIC SQUARE FROM INDIA
The Association of Medical Women in India (AMWI) has submitted a fabric square towards the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) centennial collage.
The collage picture has on the front, a Paisley design and on the back, graphics with a map of the states that make up India. The fabric collage pattern “paisley” is a signature pattern of the Indian art used all over the country.
The teaser with the pictures of the square can be found here.
4. FABRIC SQUARE FROM THAILAND
It is a pleasure to share with you two fabric square submissions from the Thai Medical Women’s Association (TMWA). One is a Thai style tapestry of the centennial logo on ivory – white Thai silk. It is beautifully crafted and we have decided to make it the central piece of the collage.
The second design is also made of silk and shows the emblem of the Thai Medical Women’s Association (TMWA) representing the medical torch under the queen’s crown. More information can be found here.