This is a scheme whereby women in Afghanistan embroider 8 x 8 cms square panels which are then sold in Europe with the intention that they will be integrated into a larger piece of work.
In addition, a number of these squares on the theme of jugs, dishes, pots etc were used by textile artists from all over the UK to be sewn into larger pieces. These were available for sale to raise more money to help the Afghan women, and one in particular really appealed to me. The exhibition toured for several months, so I've only recently received the piece I had reserved.
Entitled 'Water Birds' it was sewn by Liza Green from Edinburgh. She has made a very clever piece inspired by the square sewn in Afghanistan which shows a bird beside water jugs.
The stitching is done on a very lightweight, sheer fabric and, as it hangs in our hallway, it wafts beautifully every time I pass by. Threads hang down from the fallen bottle at the bottom as if water is cascading from the picture. The photo really doesn't do justice to the beauty of the piece.