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Handbags and Gladrags

Over the past six months, the Saathi House textiles and Creative English groups have been working on a project called ‘Handbags and Gladrags’

Working with Textiles artists Zulaikha Begum and Abeda Begum@dare2thread the women took their old Gladrags which they no longer wear and turned them into handbags. They also used old saree borders and men’s sherwanis to create wall hangings.

The Creative English group worked with spoken word artist Sophina Jaggot @Brwngirlinthering and musician Katy Rose Bennett @inhershoes to create some spoken word and poetry about where they wear their Gladrags and what makes their heart sing. 







Here are a few pictures of the making process.

Turning gladrags into handbags

Women selected items of party clothes they no longer wore and give them new life by turning them into handbags.



The exhibition was displayed at Tesco, Aston lane during the commonwealth games, pictured above with Kelsey, our community hero.

We also took our exhibition to the Birmingham Rep, as shown in the picture, Witton Islamic centre and it is now back on display at Saathi House.

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