Afghan women are known for skills in arts and crafts. Under the Taliban, much of that talent was hidden. A new project called “The Afghan Freedom Quilt” is allowing women to showcase their creativity and their commitment to survival.
The Afghan Freedom Quilt came into being in 2003. Afghan women from the San Francisco Bay Area travelled to Afghanistan. They brought back patches sewn by war widows in Afghanistan. The patches show off their sewing talents. Some are purely artistic. Many tell stories of sorrow and pain.
The patches were brought back to Fremont, California. Their counterparts in the Bay Area sewed them to the quilt. The quilt was completed in April 2006 and spread out to a 9×9 foot block.
The Foundation for Self Reliance is sponsoring the quilt. The quilt will be going on a national tour soon. You may view the Afghan Freedom Quilt online at the Foundation’s website.