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In this touching memoir, Singh pays tribute to her grandmother whose passion for knitting clothes for every child born into her family became a marker of endless love and compassion. Suzy Singh narrates the tale of her Nani-ma’s knitting  which  motivated her, not only to start knitting herself, but inspiring in her evolution as a healer.

‘Personal Threads’ is an endeavour to read our histories (both political and personal) as the interconnected pieces of a quilt – each one’s individual threads sewn together to form a larger picture. Telling our stories is a means to locate ourselves and who we are within the folds of their narrative. And often, who we are and what we do, emerges from the people, things and places that played some role in our past. We may claim different nationalities and religions but the DNA of our lives is complex and far from unconnected.

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In India, darning work is done mostly by professional men, many of whom have come from Kashmir. A rafoogar, or darner, "is a healer of damaged cloth,” says Priya Ravish Mehra, who has spent decades researching and documenting this diminishing art form, likening it to a performance of magic that makes the flaws disappear.

http://m.deccanherald.com/articles.php?name=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deccanherald.com%2Fcontent%2F637813%2Fhealing-damaged-cloth.html

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Fabric played an important role in Bourgeois’s life - hoarding clothes and household items, to later transform these ‘lived materials’ into art. Through sewing she attempted to effect psychological repair: ‘I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole’. Uma Nair, an art critic of 30 years, shares her review of the show at Moma, highlighting the ‘personal thread’ in this celebrated sculptors work.

‘Personal Threads’ is about creating a narrative quilt, in an endeavour to read our histories as not something unconnected with each other or the past, which is personal and political, but to read our histories as the interconnected pieces of a quilt, assembled like bricolage. We may claim different nationalities and religions but the DNA of our lives is complex and far from unconnected. While the past has tremendous bearing, the intention isn't to harp on it as a wail or dissent or blame, but to narrate this as a means to locate ourselves and who we are within its folds.

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http://gopikanathstitchjournal.blogspot.in/2017/10/personal-threads-louise-bourgeois.html?spref=fb&m=1

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