Sunday, September 23, 2012

Crafting a Nation's Heritage: The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

The team behind the successful Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, completed in 2010, is back at work. In May 2012, they launched a website announcing the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry to be completed in time for Homecoming 2014.

Inspired in part by Billy Kay's The Scottish World a Journey into the Scottish Diaspora, the Tapestry organizers aim to include embroidered squares representing the stories of 27 diaspora communities worldwide. A current list of countries is here. One or two communities from each country have been selected to design and embroider their own square. If your community is not listed and you have a story, a designer, and an embroiderer, you can contact the Project Leaders via a contact form.

At their website you can subscribe to a newsletter, see a completed square, and learn more about the project. At present, the communities within each country are not listed and only one book appears in the bibliography. I expect that each of this sections of the website will be expanded in due course.

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