Women's Roles in Sapa, Vietnam
18"W x 40.5"L [46cm w x 102.5cm]
Women in Sapa, Vietnam work very hard in their family roles and those of farm worker and textile producer and seller. The batik text in the central section lists familial roles while the three short woven hemp, indigo dyed with embroidery strips, showcase their needle skills. I have reversed the strip under the batik to show the hidden side of the piece, just as we don't see all the women do in a day's work. The necklaces are stitched and hand painted over the batik section.
Materials: cotton, hemp, embroidery thread, wax, dye, paint, batting, thread.
Techniques: batik text hand drawn, hand painted, hand couched, hand woven fabric, machine pieced, machine quilted.