Embroidered Squares From Afghanistan

square made by Sana, 9.5 cms

Recently I rediscovered some embroidered squares I bought a couple of years ago. They come from a project which was set up by the Deutsch-Afghanische Initiative e.V. (German-Afghan Initiative, a registered society) to support Afghan women and to give them a small income of their own. The DAI website (in German only, so no link provided) has further information on all of their projects. There’s also a book by Pascale Goldenberg (which I haven’t read), Fäden verbinden/Threads unite (in German/English) which can be ordered from her via the DAI website.

The size of the squares is approx. 8 to 9 cms. The embroiderers are free to chose the patterns. They are given the material (which is donated) and get paid for the finished squares.

four squares made by Feriba, 8 cms

six squares made by Sargona, 8.5 cms

I think the beige ones would make a fine pillow case but seem to need some blocking first.

I’m not quite sure yet what to use the others for. My muse will take care of that. He always does. Dave’s an expert.