Afghan Women’s Organization: Weaving Journeys
Posted: Mar 22nd, 2023 | Gathering

View Weaving Journeys, a series of short films produced by Afghan Women’s Organization Refugee and Immigrant Services (AWO) in partnership with the Museum. Weaving Journeys features six women and their stories as told through objects they selected from the Museum’s collection. The participants from AWO represent immigrants and refugee women in Canada, some of whom escaped the uncertainty and the violence faced by families for generations in Afghanistan. Their stories are woven into their immigration journeys and show how culture, resilience and beauty can overcome hardship and war. Through their selected pieces, the participants reflect on the talent, strength, and hard work of Afghan women (and other immigrants?) as they create home wherever they are. 

In the short film below, An Act of Kindness Shahla Masoul responds to an Afghan war rug [T2008.1.115] from the Museum’s collection.

The Real Cost of Afghan Carpets features Spozhmai Wardak responding to a bag face  [T2005.32.42] from the collection

Najla Raheel responds to an Afghan war rug [T2008.1.115] in Education – Work – Freedom


In Sari Means India Shivani Mulekar shares her connections to a sari [T94.0835] and a shawl [T99.15.8a] from India. 

In The Road from Afghanistan Masuda Najafie responds to another war rug [T2008.1.108] from Afghanistan.

Shaista Alokozai shares her stories in response to a food covering [T98.0119] from the collection in A Tradition of Sharing. 

This work is created as part of Gathering, the inaugural installation of our new Collection Gallery, featuring community stories told through our global collection. Grounded in community participation, the installation presents over 40 pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 objects from around the world. Choices of objects, responses, and retellings were gathered via open online calls for reflection, through partnerships with local organizations, and through artists’ interventions. Gathering explores themes related to migration and diaspora, the search for comfort in the domestic and familial, reclamation of ancestral traditions through contemporary artistic responses, and the relationship between textiles and the environment. 

This video is part of a digital project generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now initiative.

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