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Broughton Road Women’s Group work on Skipton Puppet Festival project
9:00am Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
The Broughton Road Women’s Group is working with Skipton Puppet Festival and the Embroiderers’ Guild to tell one of Skipton’s hidden stories.
The Pakistani women are using felt, wool and other fabric to get across their story.
“The project gets us to explore what it means for us to be British. It’s revived our sense of identity, making us think about the past and where we are now,” said group chairman Tahzeem Asgher.
“We’re remembering being Pakistani, but celebrating being British.”
The project is being led by textile artist Jackie Lunn.
“My role is to help design and create three textile cloths which tell the history of the Pakistani community here in Skipton,” she said. “We hope the project will help to create a wider awareness of the history and current life of the Pakistani community in the local area.”
The women are also making puppets to bring their story to life.
Claire Ketteman, of the Embroiderers’ Guild, said: “The project has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know part of the Skipton community and to foster a ‘cultural exchange’ of sewing techniques. We are hoping that our involvement with the Puppet Festival will demonstrate that we are not an exclusive club and with luck we will encourage some new people to join.”
The finished work will be exhibited during next month’s Skipton Puppet Festival on the Kennet Barge, which once transported raw materials to the textile factories.
The festival will run over the weekend of September 27 to 29.