Hello and welcome to Veiled Voices 2020! I am so glad you are here and hope you will stay long enough to add your voice to the conversation.
Starting a conversation is what Veiled Voices 2020 is all about – a project which hopes to unpick perceptions of Hijab wearing in Britain, by exploring what women think and feel about the Muslim practice of veiling in the UK. Worn by many Muslim women, the Hijab is simply a length of cloth, but one which has the power to hold and communicate multiple values, messages and beliefs; often provoking questions, reactions and feelings which are difficult to discuss.
Through the age-old feminist communication tool of embroidery, Veiled Voices 2020 invites women to come together and share their individual thoughts and feelings, documenting them onto a collaborative embroidery. Each and every woman’s voice is welcome; you can add yours via this blog or by attending one of the upcoming embroidery workshops. However you choose to participate, each contribution will be recorded with a single word or phrase being stitched onto the collaborative embroidery. My hope is that the embroidery will provide a platform which enables women to express themselves, ask questions and learn about each other.
And so, my question to you is, what does the veil mean to you? How does it make you feel?