The Sukita Project is an initiative to help preserve the traditional weaving practices of refugee women in my hometown, Nelson.
I used to volunteer with a group of Kayan women who had recently settled in NZ via a Thai refugee camp after fleeing civil war in Myanmar (Burma). We made some things and practiced English. The women are resilient, brave, creative and beautiful. I really enjoyed my time with them.
I donated a copy of my book to the community and as a thank you I received this beautiful scarf hand-woven by these women. You need to touch the fabric to see how exquisitely woven it is. The threads are as fine as sewing cottons.
The non-profit initiative was established by Kay Sneddon in 2010, and you can read more about it here (including some stories about the women involved) and find the woven scarves at a few different places in Nelson, including Sweet As Cafe (Trafalgar St) and the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu.