Posted by: Cathy and Len

Today is International Women’s Day.  

Here’s our pick for a film to watch celebrating women’s achievement…

THREADS is an inspiring short documentary about women in Bangladesh overcoming adversity through their commitment to creating timeless, hand-stitched art.  Their work is in museums and private collections around the world, including the Royal Collection in the UK.

Stream THREADS on VIMEO, or get a DVD from Amazon.com

VOD  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/threads

DVD  https://www.amazon.com/THREADS-documentary-film-Cathy-Stevulak/dp/B076XPZ489/

THREADS is available for schools and libraries through Collective Eye Films.

https://www.collectiveeye.org/products/threads?variant=1280199196699

 

Women, painted by Surayia Rahman. Photo by Anil Advani. Copyright Kantha Productions LLC and Anil Advani.

 

Posted by Cathy and Len

We were saddened to learn from her family that Surayia Rahman — mother, artist, mentor, leader — passed away peacefully at her home August 23. She touched so many lives during her 86 years, and is now at rest.

Surayia Rahman’s painting “Eternity” (1982). Photo credit: Kantha Productions LLC.

Posted by:  Cathy and Len

Best wishes for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2018!

Here are some ways you can help us to celebrate:

  • Choose handmade when making purchases
  • Support organizations that assist women artisans to sell their work
  • Organize a screening of THREADS movie in your community and discuss how artisanship and skill development empowers women

How will you be celebrating?

Artisan enterprise is the second leading employer in the developing world, primarily benefiting women artisans and their families.

#Handmade #ChooseArtisan #IWD2018

 

 

Posted by:  Cathy and Len

Here is a link to the latest newsletter for THREADS.  You’ll find information about the national award Surayia Rahman recently received, along with details of how and where you can get your own copy of THREADS, and how you can request it for your local library or your school.

We’re so grateful to many people who have helped along this journey, and we hope to have your support as we move to the next phase of this inspiring project: continuing the outreach for the film, bringing it to women and girls around the world and using it to improve the lives of artisans everywhere.

Links to past newsletters and to other articles about Surayia Rahman and THREADS is on the film website here.

Very best wishes for 2018!

Surayia and women of ARSHI.