In the Folk Art Issue of Selvedge (which should, if it hasn't already, be landing on your doorsteps soon), I was reminded again of the tradition of skills being passed down through generations and the links that textiles can provide to women, their mothers and their daughters all over the world. Bhairvi of Bhairvi's Chickan, who create beautiful chickan embroidery on white muslin in India says "The artists who are a part of our organisation are encouraged to pass on this embroidery tradition from generation to generation: from mothers to daughters to grand-daughters, as it was done traditionally". Not only can we pass down skills but the time spent together learning means that strong bonds are formed, textiles always seems to have a way of bringing people together.
My daughter, who has just turned 17, is becoming increasingly interested in art and writing. I'm delighted that she will be joining me at The Selvedge Fair, Bath on Saturday 30th March. She'll be welcoming our subscribers and is looking forward to meeting you all. We've decided to make a weekend of it and on Sunday 31st, as a Mother's Day treat, she's promised to indulge me with afternoon tea and a visit to the Glove Stories exhibition at the Fashion Museum. I hope, if there's time, we might also visit the fashionable No.1 Royal Crescent.
We'd love to see you and your mother, daughter or granddaughter at the fair. With every Mothers’ Day gift subscription of 1 year or more we're offering a pair of complimentary tickets, so why not double up? Just add the gift subscription and two tickets to the fair to your basket and enter the code GIFT at the checkout.
If you can't make it, we would like to offer a special subscription discount of 10% on any fixed-term print subscription with the code MOTHER. For everyone who will be joining us in Bath in a few weeks, I look forward to seeing you at the fair.
Blog post by Polly Leonard.