Hamara Muslim Women´s Group create textiles


A Muslim Women's group from the Hamara Centre in Leeds visited Temple Newsam House in Leeds to see the East Meets West exhibition - an exploration of the influence of Chinese, Japanese and Islamic art through the ages.


Most of the women couldn’t understand why they were being taken to Temple Newsam. They were thinking if the house is a thousand years old it’s nothing to do with them. They have all seen old houses before! But when they visited inside and they saw the things that had been picked out for them. The group didn't realise visiting a museum was so involved but they really enjoyed it and asked lots of questions. They were surprised that the English had put so much work into the house and that it was still here after hundreds of years for them all to see.


Inspired by what they had seen, the group worked with a textile artist, Jane Ball, to produce a textile wall hanging.


This learning journey records the processes the group went through to create a collaborative textile work to celebrate the 2006 Pillars of Light Festival in Yorkshire.

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