University of Wisconsin–Madison

Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets Opening Reception

Woven Gardens of HopeContemporary views of Afghanistan are dominated by images of strife and social breakdown. In contrast,“Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets” celebrates the area’s rich textile traditions that have contributed to world culture for centuries. This artisanal tradition is presented through historic carpets from private collections, objects from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and carpets by Afghan women participating in ARZU Hope Studio. Through their weaving, the women achieve entrepreneurial success and community sustainability.

Exhibit open: Jan. 23-March 1, 2015

  • Opening reception: Jan. 25
    3:30-4:30 p.m.: “ARZU Hope Studio: Empowering Women Through Carpets,” a free talk by Connie Duckworth, founder and CEO of ARZU Hope Studio and winner of the YWCA’s 2014 Corporate Social Innovation Award
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Public exhibition opening celebration with delicacies from Kabul restaurant

For more information, contact Liese Pfeifer at 608-262-8815 or lpfeifer@wisc.edu.