Wadaan Habibti Souria “Farewell Dear Syria”
The textiles and embellishments in this piece come mostly from Syria, collected in various souks during my six years of teaching and living in Damascus. They represent powerful memories for me but also represent the ancient and modern heritage that the thousands of Syrian refugees must leave behind. Silk from Suk Hamadiah in Damascus; hand embroidery from a well worn bedouin dress; machine embroidery from a more recent time, a Roman coin found among the ancient ruins, a Bedouin necklace of red glass and braided string from a little shop in Palmyra, an amulet worn to ward off evil. Bits and pieces such as these are what keep the homeland in one’s heart.