International Women’s Day 2018

Traditional embroidery on Kazakh rug, purchased in Mongolia and photographed by Mark Heard.

International Women’s Day 2018

We will be celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day in style at Kuoni Gallery with a dinner of Middle Eastern cuisine and a night of story-telling by artist and seasoned traveller, Pauline McPharlin, on Thursday, March 8. Pauline will be showcasing her extensive 50-year collection of women’s costumes, hats, bags and embroidered, beaded and dyed textiles from numerous Middle-Eastern countries including Iran, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Mexico, India and China.

The evening will be a celebration of women’s achievements and talents in the art world–as will be seen in the examples of fine workmanship in both hand and machine embroidery; handstitching; applique; tie-dye; textile design and more. All items were made and worked by women, often with limited resources, using techniques handed down by generations. It is a fascinating and awe-inspiring collection of pieces–and all will be available for sale.

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 and this year marks the 80th anniversary of the organisation founded in 1938.

The evening is part of Pauline’s exhibition of abstract landscape paintings, featuring the bold colours often featured in Middle-eastern textile art and embroidery. The exhibition is titled ‘A Land of Abstract Plains’ and is on throughout March, here at Kuoni Creative gallery.


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