‘Gup Shup’ is an exhibtion, showcasing 23 hand-embroidered textiles by female artisans.
The aim of Gup Shup is to provide a contrast to the way Pakistan is perceived in its geo-political situation. It also enables 250 women overall, whom belong to a traditionally conservative community, to earn money and mix with other artisans, whilst remaining within the confines of their close neighbourhoods.
The textile pieces are inspired by the unique stories of those women who create them and all the proceeds of the exhibition go directly to them.
Polly&Me are two sisters, Cath a fashion designer who trained at the Central School of St. Martins, and artist Ange who has been working in Chitral, Pakistan, for almost six years collaborate to run these self-financed workshops.
They are both passionate to provide the women of this rural region with a positive platform for their traditional skills and creative abilities. My personal favourite is the bag featured here that tells the story of a little boy who dreams of being a pilot.
The exhibition, which opened on International Women’s Day last year, will now be travelling to Austrailia, Dubai and the UK later this year.
For more information, please go to: Pollyandme.com
By Roberta Massy-Birch