Textile of Virtues
Textile of Virtues, is a hand-made textile that is a culmination of various ornamental stitching techniques that were passed down to me as my “transgenerational inheritance” through my maternal lineage. The textile represents a poetic interlacing of fifteen techniques, each representing a value imbibed in me by my mother that culminate in a singular 75x90 cm piece of fabric.
I stitched the textile over a period of sixty-four hours while thinking of the distance that separated my mother and I during the pandemic. Although the notions and representation of dreams within each patchwork, tye-die, braiding, knotting and Karma, are disconnected I chose to work on these narrative patches as an ode to my mother’s virtues.
I communicate the values that have been imbibed in me as I transitioned from childhood to womanhood. There is no end to this piece of work, it can later grow into a large piece of textile, or a piece of fine art as the virtues that mummy instilled in me are infinite.