This is my Flag for Peace, that I was able to finish just yesterday. Three layers of white fabric and a small twig at the bottom. Not a very good photograph, I decided to blur the background because it really got in the way.
The foremost fabric is the one I weaved on my toy loom. A long piece of macramé cord is hanging freely from the main piece. The middle fabric is a white cotton cloth with hand-frayed edges. It took me over four hours to do that! The back fabric is a shorter piece of sack cloth that can be seen through the cotton when the flag is lit from the back -as it is supposed to be. It is frayed too.
All three fabrics are sewn together by hand along the upper edge and I added a couple of white cotton fasteners to the top, to hang the flag from a rope.
A closer up view of the upper part of the flag. No transparency here, so you cannot see the sack cloth.
This is the lower part of the flag, with the twig and the long macramé cord.
Trying to show the different parts a bit better. The fringe hanging from the weaved fabric is made up by the loose ends of the warp threads. (I am learning new vocabulary here.) The twig is held in place with a couple of pieces of white ribbon.
And an attempt to show the three fabrics up close. I chose white because I think it is a peaceful colour and it is also the colour of truce flags. Weaving and sewing are essentially an activity carried out in moments of peace, in the serenity of our homes. Mostly a female activity that aims to dress and protect the home and the people, wrapping them up in warmth.
My flag is already on its way to Valderrobres, where it will hang along with nine other flags in the beautiful La Lonja of the Medieval Town Hall.
I have been unwell and mostly offline for days. I am now on sick leave till Monday. I have not been able to take my flag to the Town Hall myself but a friend is kindly taking it there along with her own. I will post photographs of the ten flags to the flags for peace blog tomorrow. I have other great things to blog about here and I'll try to do it during the weekend. I hope you are all well and I will be going through my blog list as soon as I post this entry. Thanks for dropping in!