Embroidered Village picture

Relationship: Im/migrant

This object is a hand-embroidered picture of three village women and a child with the village scenery in the background. The three women are wearing saris, which are the traditional clothing for women in Bangladesh. The women are depicted doing their daily housework, such as carrying water and food and caring for children. Village life for women consists of mainly domestic work including caring for animals, such as cows and chickens, and growing fruits and vegetables. Immigrating to New York City was such a big shift for me both culturally and environmentally. Not only was American culture something I was not accustomed to, but the bustling city was so different from the quiet village I spent my childhood in. Village women are a very close-knit community and always help each other and spend time together. This is very different from New York because millions of people live in very close proximity, but are complete strangers to each other. 

Place(s): Bangladesh
Year: 2005

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Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant