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April 2, 2015

A tribute to our fallen children


April 2, 2015

The Peshawar attack has left an indelible mark on the nation’s collective conscience. To heal such wounds, time remains the only remedy and months after the carnage unfolded at the Army Public School (APS) expressions of grief, tributes and honours for the innocent victims continue to pour in from across the country and globe.
The Piecemaker’s Guild paid a unique tribute to the APS victims as part of a quilt exhibition which commenced at the Alliance Francaise on Wednesday.
A hand-woven quilt, which carries the names of all the students and teachers martyred in the attack, remained a focus of attention at the exhibit, and rightly so.
“The massacre in Peshawar can never be erased from human history. This quilt is our way of paying tribute to the children and the teachers martyred on that dark day,” said Heer Sharif, president of the organisation.
She said the purpose of the Karachi Quilt Show was also to promote the art of quilt making to empower our women. “It can be an invaluable source of income for talented women. Apart from supporting themselves and their families, it also allows for them to exhibit their skills,” said Heer.
The seeds for the formation of The Piecemakers’ Guild, according to Heer, were sown in September 2008 when a group of eight quilting enthusiasts got together to build on their shared interest in patchwork and quilting.
“It is our third exhibition where 15 women are displaying their handwork. We are planning on making the Quilt Show an annual event; that will help us in popularising the art of patchwork and quilting in Pakistan,” she said.
Karachi Quilt Show is exhibiting some great quilt designs that portray the diverse cultures of our country. The regional shades of art and the conventional modeling of rulers’ culture on different quilts have increased the beauty of the artwork.
The three-day exhibition will continue till Friday.

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