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

Thank you to our friends at ClothRoads for the recent blog post about making THREADS.  We were happy to share some behind-the-scenes stories about how the documentary was created and some of the challenges and serendipity involved.  THREADS took five years to make … and the story is still continuing!  The blog post also has images from the earliest stages of film production to the final version of THREADS.  Thanks, as always, to Anil Advani for his photographs of Surayia Rahman and the artisans she worked with for 25 years to create exquisite embroidered nakshi kantha wall hangings.

Be sure to take a look at all of the ClothRoads website to experience textiles from around the world.  The site is a global textile marketplace where you can obtain unique items and whet your appetite for travel to see them being made in person.  The blog contains articles that you won’t find elsewhere, offering insights into textile creations and creators.  If you have an interest in world textiles or meaningful travel, the ClothRoads blog is a must-read.

 

Filming at Surayia’s home