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Celebrating Dundee’s International Community

Indian Summer Celebration!

Over the summer Verdant Works has been working closely with Dundee International Women’s Centre, exploring the links between India and the subcontinents and Dundee – via the jute industry in Dundee.

Raw jute fibre was first imported into Britain in 1791 by the East India Company which traded in Bengal and the links between India and the subcontinents and Dundee is being celebrated with an art project and a special celebration day in August.

Textile artist Morag Gray and Learning and Audiences Officer Anna Murray began working with the ‘Bazorg’ group- which translates as ‘elders’ in Urdu – with an art making project last year. The group, who largely come from India, Calcutta and Pakistan, initially worked with fibres which represented ‘home’ – sari silks and jute woven in Dundee. They wove the pieces together and thought about words or place names that meant something to the group. The group worked on this theme by felt making flags which were embellished with words and symbols which represent journeys and think about ‘home’. This year, the group have worked together to create a book – The Fabric of Dundee. The participants each created a collaged page using a variety of textile printing techniques on Indian papers with personal photographs. Using transfer crayons to draw their own designs onto fabric, stitched embellishments were added to reflect their cultural journey from the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

The project will end with a family-friendly celebration will take place on Saturday 19 August, from 1pm and will showcase the art produced with the Bazorg group.

1 PM: Bollywood performance and workshop
2 PM: Traditional storytelling
3 PM: A taste of India snacks
3:30 PM: Sitar music
12 – 4 PM: Drop in crafts
1 – 3 PM: Face-painting

Everyone is welcome and all activities are included in the normal admission.

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